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TSK & Enviromena To Develop 120 MW Solar PV Project In Jordan

Progress has been reported on a large-scale solar power project in Jordan. The project will be an excellent testament to the progressive solar power policy of Jordan.

Spanish company TSK and Abu Dhabi-based Enviromena will jointly develop a 120 MW solar PV project which will probably be the largest solar power project in Jordan when commissioned. The contract for project development was awarded by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan.

The project is expected to be operational by end of April 2017 as TSK will be bound by a 16-month deadline. TSK and Enviromena will use two technologies to mount the solar panels at the project to optimize electricity production. Fixed axis and single-axis tracker mounting systems will be used at the project in equal proportion.

The estimated cost of the project will be $128 million, with debt finance coming from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. Once commissioned, the project is expected to generate up to 225 GWh of electricity every year.

Jordan is looking to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity mix and has allocated solar power projects in at least two competitive auctions. During the first auction 12 solar PV projects were allocated, including the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an project. The second auction saw 4 solar PV projects of 50 MW each. The developers that secured the projects were SUNRISE Photovoltaic Systems, Saudi Oger, Fotowatio Solar Renewable Ventures, and Hareon Swiss Holding.

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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