Two solar photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of 100 megawatts (50 MW each) were commissioned on Tuesday in the Mafraq Governorate, some 80 KM northeast of Amman, at an investment of $180 million.

The Mafraq 1 and Empire Solar Power Stations are owned by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Latif Jameel Group, and built at the King Hussein Bin Talal Development Area.

At the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources stressed the importance of these projects and said they will help energy supply security in line with His Majesty King Abdullah II’s directives to pursue self-reliance in various sectors.

The minister emphasized that Jordan strives to secure energy supply from local sources in a sustainable and cost-effective manner, saying: “We are now closer to our 2020 goal of reaching 20 percent of renewable energy.”

The minister called on the private sector to invest in these areas, that would significantly reduce costs on various industrial and trade sectors and bring in the aspired revenue for the developers of these projects.

The partnership between the government and the private sector on such projects, gave Jordan the opportunity to be on the list of leading countries in the field of renewable energy, she added.

Jordan ranks third worldwide in attracting investment in this vital sector, she noted.

Director-General of the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) Amjad Rawashdeh said the company operates 20 renewable energy projects, and that work is underway on 12 solar and wind energy projects, which will be completed over the next two years.

This comes within the government’s policy to boost local energy’s contribution and achieve electricity supply security.

FRV’s Chief Operations Officer Trist?n Higuero Jimenez for Asia and the Pacific said the inauguration is a significant accomplishment, pointing out that Jordan is making a major progress in the renewables domain.

Raad Al-Saady, Managing Director for Business Development at Abdul Latif Jameel Group, affirmed that there is an urgent need to come up with sustainable alternatives to conventional energy products in light of increasing demand in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Source: Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan