Iraq signs deal with China for construction of 2-gigawatt solar project

BAGHDAD — As part the growing economic cooperation between Iraq and China, the Iraqi government signed an agreement of principles between the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and the Chinese company Power China regarding the construction of solar power plants with a capacity of 2 gigawatts.

On Wednesday, the government stated that the first phase of the project will produce 750 megawatts.

In the presence of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the two sides signed the agreement, one of the first of its kind in Iraq. The project will contribute to increasing the production of electrical energy and supplying clean renewable energy.

Iraq experiences routine power outages, especially in the summer when demand increases.