“OSLO (Reuters) – Renewable energy is booming in Iran, where installed capacity is expected to grow at least sevenfold over the next five years, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s more confrontational attitude towards Tehran.
Iran’s latest deal was signed on Tuesday, when Norway’s Saga Energy concluded a $2.9 billion (£2.2 billion) deal to build solar power plants in the oil-producing country.
That gives Iran agreements with 124 companies, most of them European, to install 2,380 megawatts (MW) in renewable capacity, in addition to the 340 MW currently in place, according to data from Iran’s Energy Ministry.
They range from wind power to solar farms and hydropower dams to burning biomass and waste to heat homes. Iran is a signatory of the 2015 Paris climate agreement committing 195 nations to limit their carbon emissions.
“Iran’s ambitions is to install 5 gigawatts of renewables by 2022, he said.
Among the companies engaged is unlisted British firm Quercus, which will help build the world’s sixth-largest solar farm in central Iran, investing over half a billion euros.
Dutch energy firm Global Renewables Investments (GRI) plans to build up solar and wind farms that could produce up to 1.7 GW of electricity.
To finance the projects, the companies have used European export credit agencies, private equity and Asian financial institutions.”