Focus: Iran’s Solar Energy Future

Tehran/Pforzheim/Freiburg, September 20, 2017: With an attendance of over 400 solar executives including 25 exhibitors and 30 top-level speakers, Intersolar’s first event in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2016 exceeded all expectations by far. The 2nd edition of the Intersolar summit promises to become event more successful than its premier. The 2017 event, taking place on November 21 in Tehran provides latest insights on Iran’s strategy to become a major hub for solar energy. The current transition in the Ministry of Energy, the 6th five-year development plan and the country’s commitment according to the Paris Climate Agreement, will be in the focus of the opening speech.

At the one-day summit top-level experts of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) reveal their plans on how the 5 GW can be achieved. Additionally, important factors like the Iranian Feed-in-Tariff, opportunities for a tendering system and actually realized projects touch base on. Moreover, opinion leaders shed light on the budgetary question – Is there enough budget for buying RE electricity in the upcoming years? Where does the budget come from?

PPA for RE are Iran is currently not bankable. Many companies and legal firms have reviewed the PPA process and prepared improvements. Until now, there are still big question marks regarding financing RE projects in Iran. In a highly dynamic and engaging format, renowned international legal firms and SABTA will mutually assess potential plans on how the existing barriers can be overcome.

In the interactive round-table on “How to Successfully Initiate a Local Value Chain?” key players from the upstream segment evaluate the potential of manufacturing opportunities. Delegates of the summit gain a deep understanding into the current marketplace situation, into key players of the segment and how the 30% bonus for local content works. Furthermore, a potential assessment for the different industry segments (e.g. mounting systems, panels, inverters, cables) will be presented.

In view of the overwhelming interest in the previous Intersolar Summit Iran, which was attended by 37 representatives from Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and 16 from Transmission System Operators (TSOs), the grid connection session constitute one of the cornerstones for this year’s event. Kicked-off by an in-depth presentation on the specific characteristics of the Iranian grid network, this interactive conference session provides valuable insights on topics, such as grid code and procedures for obtaining grid connection permits.

Shaped by a highly uncertain environment, the finance sector in Iran remains one of the biggest question marks for participants along the entire renewable energy value chain. In this content-driven session, international experts representing leading financial institutions and respected consulting companies share their views on the availability of finance by Iranian banks. Also, future outlooks for foreign financing mechanisms will be addressed.

The 2nd intersolar Summit Iran takes place on November 21, 2017 in Tehran, Iran.

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