Masdar to build Jordan’s largest solar power plant
Masdar to build, own, operate, and maintain Jordan’s largest solar power plant
Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar has signed a power purchasing agreement (PPA) with National Electric Power Company to build the largest solar power plant in Jordan.
The signing follows the agreement between Jordan’s energy ministry and Masdar on the development, ownership, operation, and maintenance of the country’s largest solar power facility signed during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 in January.
The PPA for a 200-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) plant was signed by Mohamed Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar, and Abdul Fattah Daradkeh, CEO of National Electric Power Company, Jordan’s state electricity provider.
The wholly owned Masdar subsidiary Baynouna Solar Energy Company (BSEC) has been set up to expedite the project.
Jordan’s largest solar power plant will be linked to Al Muwaqqar substation located approximately 10km outside Amman.
Once connected to the national grid, it will supply the annual power needs of around 110,000 homes and displace an estimated 360,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Commenting on the PPA, Al Ramahi said: "The signing underscores the commercial viability of renewable energy and is another key milestone in the expansion of Masdar’s PV portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa and international markets.
“This flagship project will harness Masdar’s proven expertise and experience in utility-scale clean energy and pave the way towards future projects in the kingdom and elsewhere."
The agreement to develop a PV plant follows the inauguration of the 117MW Tafila wind farm in Jordan in December 2015, the Middle East and North Africa’s first utility-scale wind project.
Now in its 10th year of operations, Masdar has invested $2.7bn (AED9.9bn) in the development of renewable energy and clean technologies in the MENA region and international markets, and today has 2.7GW of gross power generating capacity either deployed or under construction.