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180 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects In Pipeline In Jordan

Work on solar and wind energy projects in Jordan is likely to pick up swiftly in 2016 for companies that were awarded in projects in the recent auctions.

According to media reports, two international companies are set up to start work on solar power projects, while an 80 MW wind energy project is expected to be commissioned.

The Jordanian government is expected to sign final agreements for the construction of two solar photovoltaic (PV) power projects of 50 MW capacity each. These projects were auctioned in 2015 at record-low tariffs. One of the projects will be developed by Greece-based Sunrise Photovoltaic Systems which secured the project at the lowest tariff of US¢6.13 per kWh. The second project will be developed by Saudi Oger, which quoted a tariff bid of US¢6.48 per kWh. Two more projects of 50 MW each were also allocated in the auction.

The projects are expected to be commissioned over a period of 18-24 months.

Recently, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources announced that 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.

In addition to these solar power projects, an 80 MW wind energy project is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2016.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources expects that the renewable energy capacity in Jordan will increase to 1 GW by the end of 2018.

 
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Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.

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