In Iran, the Wind Blows Free. Of Sanctions, That Is.

By Benoit Faucon, Wall Street Journal:

In recent months, Iran’s nuclear, oil and natural-gas industries have been the subject of intensifying sanctions from the international community. Now the country wants to develop a sector in which it has more leeway: renewables.

At a recent Tehran exhibition, local companies, some of which are doing business with European companies, displayed domestically made solar panels and wind turbines. “Fossil fuels will run out, but wind will always be available and no one can put sanctions on it,” says Ali Shirazi Tabar, a mechanical expert at Mapna Group one of Iran’s largest power contractors.

Already, Iran has the largest installed renewable-energy capacity in the Middle East, with 9,385 megawatts, according to the green-energy information database Energici… Read more

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