In 1996 the Renewable Energy Organization of Iran (SUNA) was established to evaluate the renewable energy potential, to implement projects (solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen and biomass) and to guarantee the purchase of the electricity generated to attract private sector’s participation in this field. Additionally, the organization had the function to study the research policies in order to prepare plans for the development of renewable energies in the country and to provide knowledge and training in this field. In 2000 SUNA became a state organization, filling the gap of an executive body in the government for development of renewable energies. In 2005, all missions and legal operations on renewable energies were centralized in the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry, who assigned this responsibility to SUNA.
The main divisions in SUNA responsible for the development of PV projects are the office of the private sector contribution and solar energy department which are distinguished by color in SUNA’s organizational chart in the following figure: