ACWA Power, NEPCO's 50MW Risha solar in Jordan now operational
Financed by international and regional financial organisations the renewable energy project will power 12,000 households annually
Operations commenced at ACWA Power and the National Electric Power Company’s (NEPCO) 50MW Risha solar photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Plant (IPP) in Jordan on 1 December, 2019, with the companies having completed all the required commissioning and start-up tests on the plant.
Developed in-line with the Jordanian government’s vision to attract investment and ensure a 20% contribution of renewable energy in the total energy mix of the country by 2020, the power purchase agreement for Risha PV was inked by ACWA Power and NEPCO in 2017. At that time, the companies had set the lowest tariff of $0.063/ kWH for renewable energy in Jordan.
Located in Risha Area, within Jordan’s Mafraq Governorate that is 300km north-east of Amman, the plant a capacity to fulfil energy needs of approximately 12,000 households annually. It will also help save on hydrocarbon imports in addition to saving 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years.
International and regional financial organisations including, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Deutsche Investitions- Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Mbh (DEG), and Arab Bank have financed the renewable energy project.
Speaking about the project, managing director of NEPCO, Amjad Rawashdeh, said that the project is expected to generate around 115GWh each year, adding that by using existing infrastructure, the firm was “able to reduce the overall costs of the project and increase its efficiency”.
“Moreover, this project will benefit the adjacent local communities, by creating jobs, and contracting services from local companies. This project is one of the many investments made by ACWA Power in the Jordanian energy sector, and we are confident in the success of our partnership with them,” Rawashdeh added.
Highlighting ACWA Power’s presence in Jordan, managing director of ACWA Power, Eng. Thamer Al Sharhan said that the company has eight plants in the country, with a power generation capacity of over 1,600MW.
He added that the project will be “operational as per the specified timeframe in the contractual agreement”.
According to Eng. Al Sharhan, Risha PV will be managed and operated by local talent in Jordan, who will be trained to “highest standards of efficiency and professionalism”.