Jordan took a major step toward achieving increased independence from imported energy. In the coastal city of Aqaba, the kingdom’s very first utility-scale PV project broke ground.
Spearheaded by a partnership between Desert Technologies and Enerray SpA, the Shamsuna Project is the first of 12 renewable energy projects under management by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR). Jordan’s National Electrical Power Company (NEPCO) is backing the project with a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Jordan’s high reliance on foreign energy sources, which stands at approximately 97 percent, is the impetus behind the kingdom’s investments in solar and wind power projects. Other planned large-scale PV projects in Jordan include the 23-MW Falcon Project in the southern region of Ma’an, which will also be headed up by Desert Technologies and Enerray SpA. The Falcon Project is expected to break ground in August of 2015.
The 10-megawatt (MW) Shamsuna Project is scheduled to enter into full operation when construction is completed in October of this year.
|Type||Solar PV Project|
|Project||10-megawatt Shamsuna Project|
|Construction Completion||October 2015|