Holding the first specialized online educational event for solar subscribers systems

  • Aug 17, 2020

Public Relations and International Affairs Office of SATBA reports that Dr. Satkin, Deputy Minister of Energy and Head of SATBA and Dr. Rajabi Mashhadi, Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs of Tavanir Company delivered speech on the first specialized online training event for solar subscribers' systems that was held by Power Distribution Company of Khorasan Razavi with the presence of more than 160 deputies, managers and experts of power distribution companies.

At the beginning of this webinar, Mr. Zabihi, CEO of Khorasan Razavi Power Distribution Company, stated that the purpose of this symposium is to make maximum use of available sources for green energy generation. He mentioned that clarification of laws related to solar systems development for subscribers, timely communication of complementary instructions, quality control of imported equipment of this type of generators, increasing control and supervision of laws in this field, quality management of projects and training on maintenance of these systems, are among the influential and accelerating factors on the development process of solar generators.

Dr. Satkin, as one of the main speakers of this event, appreciated the organizers of this webinar and Khorasan Razavi Power Distribution Company, and mentioned that achieving sustainable development is one of the most important indicators of economic development and added: “Due to country’s high potential, the development of renewable energy especially in rural and low-income areas, plays an important role in providing partial energy demand, developing these areas, creating job opportunities and most importantly conservation of environment.” He mentioned that: "Having more than 300 sunny days is a unique potential that can be used in many parts of the country for energy supply."

The head of SATBA considered the good interaction of provincial power distribution companies with this organization as one of the reasons for the significant development of solar systems for subscribers and said: "Since 2015 we have witnessed an important event in the field of guaranteed purchase of electricity generated from renewable energy sources. We were able to attract foreign investors in this market in addition to attracting domestic capital.”

Satkin added: "The mechanism of guaranteed power purchase generated from renewable sources has been based on Article 61 of the Law on Energy Consumption Pattern Modification, and we have been able to connect renewable electricity to the grid by installing 831 MW renewable power plants and 4038 solar generators with a capacity of 45702 kW." He added: “Allocating 10% of electricity bills from subscribers is considered as one of the methods of financing and the development of rural electricity grids in addition to creating job opportunities has reduced the rate of migration to cities and has addressed the problem of electricity supply for remote areas.”

Dr. Satkin added: "Apart from other policies to support the development and creation of sustainable employment in rural and nomadic areas, the Ministry of Energy announced new criteria for guaranteed power purchase from renewable non-governmental power plants in October 2019 and allocated the highest tariff for rooftop solar generators (the base rate for this type of generators with a capacity of 20 kW and less is 104400 Riyals per kilowatt-hour and for solar generators with a capacity of 100 kW and less is 9,100 Riyals per kilowatt-hour). SATBA is obliged to conclude power purchase agreements based on this announcement.”

Explaining the executive process of guaranteed power purchase from solar systems, he emphasized that in order to address the concerns of some renewable energy players, especially electricity distribution companies, contractors and micro-investors regarding the continuation of the current method of guaranteed power purchase from electricity subscribers, SATBA’s policy is a full and comprehensive support for the development of rooftops and generators.

He considered the adaptation of the national grid peak to the best hours of generation of solar generators for subscribers as a good opportunity for provincial power distribution companies and added: “Provincial electricity distribution companies have considered the necessary arrangements for the widespread use of solar systems through comprehensive studies to move towards the development of this type of systems in the future.”

He thanked Mashhad Power Distribution Company for developing a comprehensive management system for rooftop power plants and asked other power distribution companies (that have not yet been connected to this system) to connect to this system.

Dr. Satkin proposed the transfer of the server of the mentioned system to SATBA and assured that by using this method the companies' concerns regarding the issue of data security will be addressed. He said: "We intend to carry out all the steps of issuing invoices through the system in distribution companies, and the role of SATBA will be high supervision."

In the end, he thanked the valuable efforts of groups and organizations such as Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, Welfare Organization, mosques, seminaries and Basij Organization in developing solar generators and emphasized SATBA’s support in this regard.

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