New solar tenders planned for Jordan
Jordan is preparing to launch Round 3 of its solar energy project and Round 2 of its project on wind energy
Jordan is moving ahead on its path to position itself as the regional powerhouse in renewable energy, with new plans to enhance solar and wind energy in the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is preparing to launch Round 3 of its solar energy project and Round 2 of its project on wind energy, with somewhere between 400 MW and 800 MW expected to be on offer, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA).
These plans were revealed recently during a meeting between MESIA president, Hadi Tahboub, and Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ibrahim Seif.
According to the discussions, which also included MESIA outlining ways in which it can collaborate with the country, Jordan will launch Round 3 of its solar tender shortly after the Eid holidays. During this tender, between 400 MW and 800 MW of solar and wind will be up for grabs, claimed MESIA.
Also mentioned in the organisations announcement was Jordan’s Green Corridor project, which will be a vital aspect of integrating renewable energy into the country’s energy mix. The program aims to help the country integrate energy from solar and from wind by building a new network of cables and by expanding power stations.
Already this month, a 22 MW solar farm was put into full operation by Scatec Solar south of Amman, and then a few days later RAI Energy International announced that it had also put into operation a 20 MW PV power plant, this time north of the Jordanian capital. It will all contribute to the target of having 10% of the country’s energy generated by renewable sources by 2020.