Jordan renames $150m solar park after UAE Founding Father
The ADFD-backed Quweira Solar Power Plant is now called Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Complex
Jordan has renamed its $150m (AED550m) Quweira Solar Power Plant as Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Complex in honour of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
As reported by UAE state news agency Wam, Mohammed Said Al Suwaidi, director-general of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), which backed the project, said: “Today’s symbolic gesture to honour the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as we mark the conclusion of the 'Year of Zayed' in the UAE, is a true testament of the strength of these brotherly ties.”
The ADFD-backed project involved the installation of 328,320 photovoltaic panels that will produce 227 GWh of solar power annually over a 20-year period, which is enough to illuminate around 50,000 homes.
The project comes amid efforts by the Jordanian government to generate 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources. Al Suwaidi reportedly said ADFD is proud to play an instrumental role in supporting the Jordanian government in acheiving the country’s key developmental priorities.
“By contributing to development projects, we have enabled the creation of thousands of jobs, and driven growth in major socio-economic sectors,” he added.
Work at the newly-renamed project also included the provision of electrical switches, a medium-voltage and signal cable system, transformers, and all essential equipment to connect it to the national power grid. The support also covered civil construction works, roads, and safety systems, as well as overall project operation and management.
ADFD has a long history with Jordan, and has funded 31 development projects in the country with a total value of $1.5bn (AED5.6bn).