Iran had promoted the Yazd ISCC since 1994, when a Joint German-Iranian Expert Group on Solar Thermal Power, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Environment and the Iranian Power Development Company (IPDC), elaborated a concept study for a 100MW CSP plant.
In 1997, IPDC contracted the Electric Power Research Center (now named NIROO Research Institute) and Fichtner Solar to execute a comprehensive feasibility study. Yazd was determined to be the preferred site for the Yazd ISCC plant with a DNI level of 2511kWh/m²/yr.
Iran had approached GEF with a request to finance part of the cost of the solar field. As GEF was not in the position to allocate any additional resources for this request, Iran, in 2005, changed the initial plant configuration with a solar component of 64 MWe to a configuration with a solar field equivalent to 17 MWe.
The Yazd ISCC Yazd came into operation in 2010.