June 26, 2024

Masdar Launches New Solar Energy Projects in Anbar Province, Iraq

The Emirati company Masdar has begun to produce renewable solar energy in Iraq’s Anbar province.

Its third solar facility now runs in Iraq’s Anbar province. Masdar, the subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign fund named in 2006 as Masdar Clean Energy Company and established in 2006 as the Emirate’s flagship company for renewable energy, had earlier bought and then operated Ramadi 1 and 2 to harvest renewable energy outside Iraq.

Harnessing Anbar’s Renewable Power

As Anbar province plans to import around 750 megawatts of electricity, the plans allow for a fourth site in Hit. As ‘Al-Iqtisad News Agency’ – Iraq’s first economic magazine – wrote, ‘the attention to local capability by the use of solar energy is part of an overall strategy’.

Muhannad Nissan, who coordinates energy projects in the province, says work is still underway to install more solar infrastructure around Anbar, including on large tracts of land to produce photovoltaic electricity.

‘Ramadi sites 1 and 2, with each 350 megawatts, were allocated and developed under the leadership of Masdar,’ he said.

Nissan also said that the Amiriya Al-Samood site, which will provide 300 megawatts, would soon be added to the portfolio. ‘These are just the first phases of a huge manufacturing project,’ Nissan said, ‘and I am confident that all the frameworks will come together quickly.’

These plants are rebuilding Iraq’s electric power infrastructure or turning it into a sustainable future in Masdar’s hands.

The utility-scale capacity of the Ramadi projects could allow Iraq to take a giant step on the path towards its own clean energy goals. Not only does this development help Iraq with its energy security agenda, but it also helps programmes to curb climate change through reduced emissions.

Through their work in the Anbar province of Iraq, Masdar demonstrates technical competence and sustained engagement developing solar energy capacity in the country. Iraq is a country that badly needs investment that builds in sustainability.

Legislative Support and Future Prospects

To tackle Iraq’s never-ending power supply issues, the deputy prime minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani has proposed customs duty exemptions on solar panels.

In addition, several legislative initiatives will offer incentives aimed at making solar infrastructure more widely accessible, especially to lower to middle income groups, proposed by the parliament member Amar Abdul Jabbar Ismail.

Moreover, as per the Shafaq News Agency, the installation of electricity had increased steeply from 2021 onwards following legislative policies to bring down national electricity bills for solar energy users. 2023 Reported by Shafaq News Agency in December 2023.

To encourage further uptake, the Central Bank of Iraq allocated 1 trillion dinars – currently a little over $850 million – in subsidized lending for private sector investments in solar technology. Iraq’s quest to leverage its vast solar resource to meet its energy needs sustainably relies on such initiatives.

Iraq, despite an abundance of oil, is reality confronted with climate change effects. With more than 3,000 sunny hours a year, the immense solar energy potential is barely exploited so far. For electricity produced, fossil energy sources are still dominating, despite huge wind energies.

Masdar’s projects in Anbar Province will be among the first steps in this direction. However, I predict the Iraqi parliament and the government will provide legislative and economic supports to the solar energy sector before long, and solar power will become a strong component of Iraq’s future, contributing to energy security and environmental sustainability.

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