Iraq contracts PowerChina to construct 2GW of solar PV

Aug 26, 2021 09:43 PM ET
  • Iraq has authorized an agreement with PowerChina for the construction of 2GW of solar projects as it progresses with initiatives to increase PV ability.
Iraq contracts PowerChina to construct 2GW of solar PV
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The first stage of the deal with the state-owned Chinese energy business will initially result in the deployment of 750MW of solar, according to a statement from Iraq's federal government, which didn't define when or where the plants will certainly be constructed.

The news comes 2 months after Iraq safeguarded a deal with Masdar for the growth of at least 2GW of PV plants, contributing to a partnership exposed earlier this year with France's TotalEnergies that will certainly see the company create 1GW of solar in the country.

Iraq's oil ministry claimed in February that the county is intending to get to 10GW of set up PV capacity by 2030 as it bids to source 20% of its power generation from solar by the end of the decade.

The nation's grid currently struggles with widespread power blackouts, especially during summer months when temperature levels soar as well as individuals turn on cooling.

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