Norway’s Saga in $2.9 Billion deal to build solar power plants in Iran

Written By: Katherine Demetre
October 23, 2017

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Norway’s Saga Energy recently signed a 2.5 billion-euro ($2.94 billion) deal to build solar power plants in Iran. Saga inked the preliminary agreement with Iran’s state-owned Amin Energy Developers on Oct 17.

The deal would see the construction over a four- to five-year period of 2 gigawatts of power generation capacity, Saga Energy spokesman Rune Haaland said, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The company will rely on banks, pension funds and Norwegian state export guarantees to fund the plan, and aims to recoup its investment through a 25-year deal on electricity prices, he added.

While Saga and Lithuania’s SoliTek are set to produce the solar panels, much of the remaining equipment would come from Taiwan’s Delta Electronics Inc.

“They will provide all the installations of electronics such as inverters, for example,” said Saga Energy spokesperson Rune Haaland of Delta.

Eventually, the plan is to build a plant in Iran to churn out solar panels, he added.

It came after US President Donald Trump announced that he would decertify the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.

“We are a little bit worried about what Trump is doing, we are very much in favor of the atomic deal, but we will, of course, continue with our plans whatever Trump does, no doubt about that, nothing can change that,” commented Haaland.