Iraq: Serious directions to expand investment in solar energy projects

Under the patronage of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, an agreement of principles was signed between the Ministry of Electricity and the Chinese Power China Company to establish solar power plants with a capacity of 2000 megawatts.


The solar energy project, which is being implemented for the first time, is considered one of the first pilot projects in Iraq, and the project will contribute to increasing the production of electrical energy, to support the system with clean renewable energy.


In June 2021, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil signed the largest contract for the production of clean energy, with the UAE (Masdar) with the aim of producing 2,000 megawatts of energy, in the center and south of the country.


The Iraqi government is moving towards the exploitation of clean solar energy; In an effort to radically change the nature of the economy and reduce dependence on Iranian gas. Over the past years, Iraq has repeatedly suffered from severe and recurring crises in electric power due to the slowdown in gas imported from Iran.


According to local officials, the new Iraqi trend was strengthened after the neighboring countries summit held last month, where Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed this path with the Egyptian and French presidents, and they welcomed the new approach, in addition to the previous agreement with the UAE in this regard.