Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has launched a first-round tender to acquire 755MW of solar capacity, and is inviting solar companies to participate.
The projects, mapped across the provinces of Wasit, Karbala, Al-Muthanna, Babel and Diwaniyah are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
The ministry will provide logistical, technical, and legal services for other sites in the western and souther regions of the country, according to a statement,
Iraq has also signed agreements with Siemens for the development of the electricity sector – particularly in re-establishing grid reliability and resilience following the Iraq war.
According to the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Iraq’s total energy consumption is 90% based on petroleum, with the rest sourced from natural gas. Given Iraq’s status as a key oil producing nation, this represents the first diversification efforts from the nation, with solar activity in the country until now has mostly focused on refugee camps.