After Iraq joined the Paris climate agreement several months ago, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, headed by Ehsan Abdul Jabber Ismaael, the Iraqi oil minister has begun to pursue the establishment of a 10-year project aimed at producing 20 % of Iraq’s power production by using only renewable sources, which is going to be mostly solar energy.
The Minister of Electricity, Majid Mahdi Hantosh has signed an MoU with the French company Total to help build 1000 MW worth of solar panels farms in the southern province of Basra, as a part of the ministry’s efforts to business development in investment projects and Iraq’s commitments to the Paris agreement.
Iraq has also signed a strategic agreement with the UAE company Masdar to add 2000 MW to the grid also via solar energy in Iraq within the next 3 years. Ehsan Abdul Jabber Ismaael has ensured the government plans to increase and enhance national clean energy production.
NIC Chairwoman, Suha Dawwod Najar, said that the project was one of the largest solar PV power projects in the Middle East and fell within Iraq’s vision and the sustainable transition plans of 2021-2030.