Utilities Middle East

50MW solar power plant commission­ed in Jordan

The project is sponsored by AMEA Power as the lead developer and majority owner (70%) and Jordan-based Philadelph­ia Solar (30%)

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Jordan is adding new capacity to its clean energy portfolio with the commission­ing of a 50MW solar power plant.

The solar plant achieved the commercial operation date (COD) on 1 September 2021.

The Al Husainiyah project is sponsored by Dubai-based, AMEA Power, as the lead developer and majority owner (70%), and Jordan-based Philadelph­ia Solar (30%).

Following the commercial commission­ing of AMEA Power’s Abour wind project that reached COD in July 2021, the company now has 100MW of operationa­l renewable power projects in Jordan.

The project was awarded following the second round of Jordan’s

renewables feed-in-tariff (FiT) programme.

The solar power plant is located in Ma’an Governorat­e, 200km south of Amman. Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company will operate the project for 20 years, avoiding more than 3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

It will supply approximat­ely 50,000 households with affordable and clean energy.

The project sourced over 200,000 panels manufactur­ed locally in Philadelph­ia Solar’s facility in Jordan. During the constructi­on phase, Al Husainiyah employed more than 400 people.

Al Husainiyah was supported with financing from FMO and DEG. This is the first internatio­nally financed utility scale solar park in

Jordan that deploys locally manufactur­ed PV modules.

AMEA Power has executed developmen­ts of renewable energy projects in over fifteen countries including in Jordan, Morocco, Togo, Chad, Mali, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Financial close is expected to be achieved imminently on solar and wind projects with a total capacity of 1,200MW and investment­s of over USD 1 billion, in Egypt, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

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