Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, has revealed plans to grow the country’s renewable energy capacity to 2,400MW by 2021, driven in part by the numerous solar energy projects planned in the country.
According to a report published on the ministry’s website, renewable energy contributes 11% of the country’s total energy requirement.
Zawati says Jordan‘s renewable energy sources generated 1,130 MW in 2018, and that the country planned to generate 20% of its total energy requirements from renewable sources by 2025.
The first phase of the programme has comprised 10 solar projects in Ma’an, and one each on Aqaba and Irbid, with a total combined capacity of 204MW. These projects have been operational since 2016.
The second phase of the plan will see three new projects in the city of Mafraq’s development zone, and one in the town of Safawi, with a combined capacity of 200 MW.
The country is also developing a 150 MW solar park in Ma’an as the programme’s third phase, set to become operational in 2020.
Early in 2019, UAE-based Amea Power began construction of the 50 MW Al Husainiyah solar power plant also located in the Ma’an region, which is expected to be operation in the fourth-quart of 2020, with capacity to supply clean energy to 42,000 households and cut around 100,000 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.