Jordan Awards 200 MW Capacity In Its First Renewable Energy Tender

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The Jordanian government has kick-started its ambitious renewable energy program by allocating 200 MW of solar and wind energy capacity.

Ibrahimyah Wind Power Plant Jordan
Ibrahimyah Wind Power Plant, 80km north of Amman, Jordan

The first renewable energy tender issued by Jordan has reaped encouraging results, with a total of 200 MW awarded to project developers, including a 52.5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project. The tender is expected to be the first among several that the government plans to conduct to set up 1.8 GW renewable energy capacity by 2020.

The power purchase agreement for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an project has been signed between the project developers and the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) of Jordan. The project will sell electricity at a tariff of $0.148 per kWh; other solar power projects will sell electricity at $0.169 per kWh.

The project will be jointly developed by Qatar’s Nebras Power, Diamond Generating Europe (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), and Jordan’s Kawar Group. Nebras and Diamond Generating will have 35% stake each in the project, while Kawar Group will own 30% stake in the project. The debt financing for the project will be provided by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, Mizuho Bank, Japan for International Cooperation, and Standard Chartered Bank.

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Apart from a total of 12 solar PV projects, with a cumulative capacity of 200 MW, 2 wind energy projects were also allocated through this first tender. The power purchase agreements for the wind projects have been signed at $0.12 per kWh.

Jordan plans to issue more tenders in the near future. The second tender is expected to allocate 4 solar power projects of capacity 50 MW each.

Jordan has set a target to install 600 MW solar PV capacity and 1,200 MW wind energy capacity by 2020 to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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Mridul Chadha

Mridul currently works as Head-News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia.

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