Solar Energy as an Alternative Energy than the Conventional Means of Electricity Generation in Iraq
Ali Al-Helal

Ali Al-Helal, has completed his Bachelor Degree from College of Engineering, University of Kufa, Iraq.
Manuscript received on January 01, 2014. | Revised Manuscript Received on January 09, 2014. | Manuscript published on January 20, 2015. | PP: 11-14 | Volume-3 Issue-2, January 2015. | Retrieval Number: B0580013215/2015©BEIESP
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Abstract: This study aims to show the feasibility of using solar power in Iraq as an alternative source of power generation. This research investigated the profits of using solar power economically and environmentally. Also, it addressed a set of important charts such as generated power, oil production, the amount of gas that used in the power plant, the average of delivered electricity hours, and CO2 emissions. Ten locations are chosen as the best places according to their total annual solar radiation and each location is assumed to have a 10 MW solar park. The results showed saving about 676,000 USD daily (based on 52 USD per barrel) from petrol can be used to generate electricity from the conventional means, offsetting over 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions annually, and around 111 job will be created during the construction stage of each 10 MW.
Keywords: Solar energy, CO2 emissions, solar radiation