Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian has officially inaugurated the 20 MW Mokran Solar Power Complex in the southeastern province of Kerman. According to a press release from the Iranian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA), the facility is currently the country’s largest operational ground-mounted PV plant.
The project, which is located near the city of Mahan and already has a PPA with SATBA, was built by the local developer Mokran. Local financial newspaper Finance Tribune reports that the company is a joint venture between Switzerland-based storage specialist Durion Energy AG and Germany’s Adore GmbH, and that the project was built at a cost of $27 million. According to Mokran’s website, the 20 MW plant was built using around 80.000 solar panels in five months.
Furthermore, SATBA has revealed that Mokran has also started construction on a 100 MW solar park on a 330 hectare site close to Mahan. The $140 million project is expected to “produce 180 Million kWh, which could satisfy the energy need of 50.000 households or approximately seven percent of the population of province Kerman, reports Mokran on its website.
The company is also planning to start building a PV component manufacturing facility in the area in August. “The new factory will cover the needs of solar panels, power inverter and control electronics for the 100 MW and furthermore solar plants,” says Mokran on its website without providing further details.
In mid-July, SATBA revealed that another 30 MW ground-mounted PV plant was under construction in the northeastern province of North Khorasan. All of these projects are part of Iran’s FIT scheme for solar and renewables. In its press release, SATBA specified that Iran’s current operational PV capacity consisted at the time of two 7 MW PV plants in Hamedan and one 10 MW power plant in Isfahan.
Including the 20 MW Mokran Solar Power Complex, the country has now reached 52 MW of installed PV power. This comes from the above-mentioned four large-scale PV plants and several residential and commercial PV systems installed under net metering.