Al-Muthanna Governorate in southern Iraq is planning to set up two solar parks with a combined capacity of 630 MW to support the energy supply in the province.
One of the solar farms will have a capacity of 130 MW and will be built in the Al-Khidhir district, assistant governor Hamid Al-Hassani told the official Iraqi newspaper Al-Sabaah.
The local government has provided the land for the plant and the project has been allocated to the companies that will implement it.
A second project for a 500-MW solar farm has been awarded to Chinese companies and they are already working on it, Al-Hassani said. The facility will be built on an area of 8,000 dunams (2,000 hectares) near the Samawa combined-cycle power plant.
The two projects are the latest in a series of initiatives that Iraq unveiled recently as the Arab country aims to have 12 GW of renewables generation capacity by the end of this decade. According to US-based Global Energy Monitor, Iraq has 5.75 GW of prospective solar projects.
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