Iran goes solar - new PV plant in Rafsanjan inaugurated

8/24/17, 3:05 PM -

Iran offers promising business opportunities for European solar companies. KPV Solar, Fronius and Kioto Solar opened a new 1.2 MW PV park in the Special Economic Zone of Rafsanjan in south-eastern Iran.

Günther Grabner (PV Invest), Mohammad Ali Pouramiri (Mehrabad Renewable Energy), Seyed Mehdi Mohaghegh (KPV Solar Iran), Gerhard Rabensteiner (KPV Solar) at the inauguration of the 1,2 PV plant in Rafsanjan.
Günther Grabner (PV Invest), Mohammad Ali Pouramiri (Mehrabad Renewable Energy), Seyed Mehdi Mohaghegh (KPV Solar Iran), Gerhard Rabensteiner (KPV Solar) at the inauguration of the 1,2 MW PV plant in Rafsanjan.

With a feed-in-tariff between 12 and 24 Eurocent/kWh, a solar irradiation between 1,800 and 1,900 kWh per square meter, a growing power demand and Special Economic Zones like in Rafsanjan Iran offers auspicious solar business opportunities. The 1.2 MW solar PV plant in Rafsanjan has been realized with full equity from KPV Solar, a member of Austrian PV Invest Group. 4,560 panels from Austrian Kioto Solar, 38 Fronius Eco 27 inverters and 1,140 piles from Alumero have been installed.

Inauguration ceremony with the Governor of Kerman (middle)

Impressive qualitiy of installation

The quality of installation is quite impressive, as pv Europe could see at a visit of the plant this Tuesday. For instance grounding and cabling has been installed very properly by local EPC contractor Mehradbad Renewable Energy from Kerman. A yield of 1,900 kWh/kW is expected according to Gerhard Rabensteiner, Managing Partner of KPV Solar.

Benjamin Fischer and Walter Stockinger of Fronius are quite impressed by the quality of installation.

Special Economic Zone offers additional incentives

The Special Economic Zone in Rafsanjan close to Kerman (740,000 inhabitants) offers extra tax and tariff incentives like a ten year exemption from corporation tax (25 percent). KPV Solar plans to install further 6 x 10 MW solar parks within the Zone in the coming months. Also other local businesses in the region are interested in investing in PV, Rabensteiner told pv Europe. This Sunday there will be a meeting with a logistic company from Kerman, who wants to install a 2 x 5 MW rooftop solar installation in the Iranian city.

Huge interest at the opening of the PV plant.

Benjamin Fischer, Andrea Schartner and Walter Stockinger of Fronius.

More reports about solar in Iran and the visit of pv Europe in the region will follow. (HCN)

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http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Installation/Iran-Athos-Solar-completed-two-solar-parks-with-14-MW-yield-of-1-800-kWh-kW

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Markets-Money/Iran-Promising-solar-market-with-attractive-incentives-but-financing-and-legal-affairs-challenging

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Markets-Money/Intersolar-Summit-Iran-Promising-but-challenging-PV-market