Iran’s first waste-to-energy plant, named Aradkouh Waste Process and Disposal Complex, came on stream on Monday in the Kahrizak district, which is located south of Tehran.
The power plant, which was built through cooperation with China, is projected to generate 3 megawatts of electricity per day from 200 tons of garbage, the IRNA news agency reported on Monday.
The project of building Aradkouh Complex cost $12 billion plus 160 billion rials (about $4.7 million) and took three years to be completed.
On January 11, Homayoun Haeri, the managing director of the Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR), said Iran plans to double its renewable energy output, by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015).
He said the country’s renewable power output is scheduled to reach 400 megawatts by the yearend.
In December 2014, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said the country prioritizes generation of electricity from different sources of energy.
He said 1000 megawatts of electricity should be generated annually from renewable energies in Iran.
In November 2014, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian outlined plans to develop the national electricity industry, placing the priority on the expansion of solar and wind power plants.
He said electricity generation, transmission, and distribution are projected to be increased by 7 to 8 percent annually.
Iran’s power generation capacity currently stands at 68.38 gigawatts. The capacity has grown by 7 percent annually over the past 10 years.
Iran currently exports electricity to Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.