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Jordan now invests in renewables. 1.8 GW by 2018

Jordan gives green light to build 12 solar plants. Once completed, they will produce 200 MW of energy.

The Middle East is investing heavily in renewable energy. And Jordan is particularly active in the photovoltaic field, thanks to the go ahead of the country’s Ministry of Energy: 12 plants with capacity to produce 200 MW of solar energy will be built by foreign companies. And that’s not all, 1.8 GW will be installed in Jordan by 2018.

 

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A solar plant in the Jordan desert.

 

These include a plant that is under construction in the city of Ma’an, about 200 km away from the capital Amman: 73,320 PV modules that will produce almost 47 million kWh every year and reduce CO2 emissions by about 25,000 tonnes yearly. Realised by the Italian company Enerray and its Saudi partner Desert Technologies, the plant will be part of a network of solar plants that will connect Morocco to South Arabia:

 

“We’re proud of the development and investment work with our partner Enerray Spa, and we’re enthusiastically entering the phase of realisation of the plant”, stated Nour Mousa, CEO of Desert Technologies. “This project is the first to use a network of more than 1.5 GW in the Middle East and North Africa, from Morocco to Saudi Arabia”.

 

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A photovoltaic plant in the Middle East © Fahad Shadeed/Reuters

 

“This project demonstrates once again that PV represent the simplest, the most sustainable and the most affordable energy source for developing countries as well”, said SMA Manager Valerio Natalizia. “The close collaboration with Enerray makes us proud and demonstrates that once again our companies are powerfully facing international challenges”.

 

The country’s new energy policy is aimed to increase the use of renewable energy: the Government declared that renewable energy will reach at least 10% of total supply by 2020 in Jordan. An example is the building of a 10 MW solar plant and a 500 wind plant in the city of Mafraq.

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