Why Solar Energy in Iran?

Photovoltaic installations

Our solar energy development services include:
•    Solar resource analysis and evaluation
•    Electrical and Structural Design
•    Preparation of all planning and permitting documentation
•    Technical and financial due diligence
•    Interconnection studies & agreements
•    Community Outreach and Education
•    Power Purchase Agreement negotiations and financial analysis
•    Engineering - procurement - construction
•    Operations and Maintenance Services

Why Solar Energy in Iran?
Solar power is a vast, free and renewable resource that can be used to produce electricity.  Solar-generated electricity produces no greenhouse gases or emissions of any kind.  Solar energy is a commercially-proven, rapidly growing form of electricity generation.  There are numerous advantages to using the sun to produce electricity.

It’s renewable. Solar photovoltaics (PV) use a renewable, non-depletable, and non-polluting fuel –  sunlight to produce electricity.

It promotes national security and energy independence. Solar energy does not require import of fuels from overseas.  The fuel—sunlight—cannot be embargoed and it’s free.
It has fewer environmental impacts than fossil fuel or nuclear power plants. PV systems create no pollution and generate no waste products when operating. No mining or transportation of fossil fuels are required to generate electricity from the sun.
It’s a source of peak power. Electricity is most valuable when it is delivered at the times of highest demand.  In most parts of the country, peak demand occurs during the hottest days of the summer.
This is exactly when PV projects produce the most power.
It’s a proven technology and growing rapidly in the U.S. and worldwide. Photovoltaics were invented in 1954, and their performance and operating characteristics are well understood.  There are more than 13,000 megawatts (MW) of PV systems operating worldwide, and PV installations continue to grow rapidly each year.
It’s reliable and requires little maintenance.  Photovoltaic systems have been operating for more than 50 years. PV systems are reliable, and their maintenance costs are low.
It’s a hedge against fossil fuels’ volatile prices and increasing environmental compliance costs. Because sunlight, the fuel for photovoltaic power projects, is free, there is no uncertainty about fluctuating fuel prices.  Because no CO₂ pollutants or waste are generated by PV projects, there are no waste disposal costs or costs to control the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

It’s quick to install. Utility-scale photovoltaic plants can be built in under one year.

Solar Development
Like developing any power project, developing a solar energy project is a complex process.  For a solar energy project to be successful, the many parts of the development process must all come together.  Typically, this process can take a number of years.

Site Selection:  Is this the right location?
Many factors are evaluated in deciding whether a location is suitable for solar development.  The following considerations need to be taken into account:
• exposure of the site to the sun over the course of the year, seasonal weather patterns, shading, and specific terrain features such as general orientation and slopes
• availability of sufficient, usable land
• proximity to utility electrical lines and substations that have room for additional power
• access to public roads
• environmental aspects of the site, such as the presence of sensitive species, wetlands or
past contamination
• local, state, and federal permitting requirements
• support of the local community
• cost of construction at the site, including steepness of grade, roughness, and soil conditions

Flexible Landowner Agreements: Are landowners interested in a solar project on their land?
A solar energy project requires one or more signed land agreements, usually in the form of lease or easement agreements.  Orion works closely with each landowner to understand his or her unique circumstances and needs.  Typical land agreements have a pre-construction period during which Orion will pursue solar resource assessment, environmental characterization, permitting, grid connection, power sales, site design and other development activities.  If project development is successful, the pre-construction period is followed by project construction and then operations.  Under a typical lease agreement, the operations period has an initial term of thirty years, with options for the project to extend up to an additional twenty years.

Environmental Review:  What are the potential environmental impacts of the project?
Orion conducts environmental reviews at prospective sites in order to ensure that a project is compatible with the local environment.  Such reviews help identify any threatened or endangered species or wetlands on the site, any historical or archaeological features of the site, and any previous environmental contamination in or near the site.  The results of environmental assessments are used to design projects that minimize potential environmental impacts and to avoid sites where environmental impacts are unacceptable.

Interconnection Studies and Transmission Agreements: Can electricity generated by this project be transmitted to the utility grid?
Orion conducts electrical engineering studies to confirm that the utility grid can accept additional electricity.  We then initiate a formal study process with the electric utility that ultimately results in an agreement to allow the project to connect and transmit electricity into the utility grid.

Permitting:  Can the necessary permits be obtained for the project?
Orion determines what permits are necessary and what environmental, engineering and other studies are necessary or recommended to address environmental and permitting requirements. Permits may be required from local, state, and federal bodies and can include land use, environmental, siting,  building and other permits.

Power Sales Agreements:  Is there a utility customer for electricity generated by the project?
A reliable and creditworthy power purchaser must be identified.  Orion originates long-term power sales agreements with electric utilities or power marketers who purchase the electricity.  Orion’s principals have originated and negotiated power sales agreements for many renewable energy projects across the U.S.

Project Financing:  How will financing be arranged?
Access to capital is critical for renewable energy projects.  Financiers will consider the quality of the project and the project team’s track record in developing and completing successful projects.  Orion’s experience encompasses development and construction finance, term loans, and highly structures equity investment.  Orion’s principals have been involved in the development, sale, and financing of thousands of megawatts of renewable energy projects in the U.S. and overseas, and have developed strong relationships with a select group of financial institutions and energy companies in the financing of power projects.

Equipment Procurement and Construction:  What is the best equipment and who is the best contractor to install it?
Orion is not affiliated with any single manufacturer of solar equipment, and this independence allows us to procure the most competitive, reliable, and technically suitable equipment for each project.  In addition, we have extensive experience negotiating engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for renewable power projects, and in working with the major renewable power (EPC) contractors.


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Iran’s Sixth Development Plan also provided for the installation of 500 MW of new solar capacity by 2018. Iran’s climate is diverse, and many of its regions are arid. Because the south, northwest and southeast regions receive around 300 days of sun per year, they are uniquely suited for solar energy. The Iranian government has prioritized the central region in particular due to its climate and proximity to the national power grid.


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