TEHRAN -- Iran plans to more than double power generation from wind and other renewable energies in a year, although sanctions over its nuclear program could delay the production of windmills.
The major oil producer, planning for the eventual drying up of its wells, hopes renewable energy sources will cover 3 percent of its power demands by 2015.
The Iranian newspaper Ettela'at said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued instructions to the energy ministry to achieve the goal.
Under the plan, Iran will lift the combined capacity of wind and solar power generation from the current 160 megawatts to 400 megawatts by the end of March next year.
In wind power generation, whose capacity stands at 92 megawatts, the country intends to beef up equipment in its largest wind farm in Manjil, in the northern part of the country, and other sites.
But Saba Niroo Co., which manufactures some 100 turbines a year in Iran, said the supply of parts from domestic makers has lagged behind schedule. Economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union may have already impacted the procurement of material.
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