The sun is shining in Iran

By: James Watson, CEO


In November, SolarPower Europe CEO James Watson travelled to Iran to meet with the Deputy Minister of Energy to discuss the current 5 GW solar plans that the Iranian government has committed to. Under the auspices of the European Commission and the patronage of Director-General of DG Energy, Dominique Ristori, a small group of business representatives exchanged views on the best means to grow solar in Iran. The Deputy Minister recalled the commitment to solar and the possibility for even more to be installed, as the government makes a pivot to exporting fossil fuels and developing renewables for its own people. Dominique Ristori declared the meeting a success and agreed to a follow up meeting in 2018 in Brussels. Interested SolarPower Europe members will learn more about this opportunity through our emerging markets workstream to be launched in January 2018.