By: Dr. Mahya Karbalaii
The construction of three more 7 Mega Watt solar power plants also began. Now Hamedan has the largest solar power plant in the country.
The two new 7 MW power plants, Khalij-e Fars and Amir Kabir, are set near Hamedan, each on a 10-hectare plot and were built in 6 months with an investment of €8m.
80% of the equipment used in these power plants has been imported from abroad and 20% of the equipment was manufactured by domestic companies.
“The transformers and cables used in the power plant were domestically manufactured. Approximately 23 thousand meters of high and low voltage cables and 15 thousand meters of optical cables have been used. Furthermore, all MV and LV switchboards were made in the country”, said the CEO of the Hamedan Power Company, Hajireza Teymuri, during the inauguration ceremony.
Iran Renewable Energy Organization (SUNA) has guaranteed the purchase price of electricity for 20 years. The Hamedan Power Company has said that based on their contract, each kilowatt-hour will be bought at 5200 IRR ($0.16).
Based on official reports released by The Ministry of Energy, from the 100 MW renewable power plants planned for the current year, 50 MW have become operational and the rest will become operational by the end of the Iranian fiscal year, i.e. 21 March 2017. This shows a 700% growth compared to last year.
The Province of Hamedan covers 19000 Km2 and has a population of 1.7 million people. Currently, The Hamedan Power Company has 700 thousand subscribers.