Jordan’s 24-megawatt solar photovoltaic project in the Disi area will begin its operations soon through the Planning and Management Department’s Energy Unit (EnU).
In its statement, Ministry informed about the successful completion of the BE reverse electrification process, which is a joint effort between the Ministry and the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).
“Comprehensive assessments are currently underway, led by the independent engineering firm TUV, which was endorsed by both the Water Authority of Jordan and NEPCO. The assessments aim to ascertain the project’s readiness for commercial deployment,” said the Ministry.
Water Minister Mohammad Najjar said, “SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese company, implemented the project’s execution, while a consortium, including the Egyptian-based Fernas Shoman Company and the German consultancy, Ramboll Company, provides supervision.”
He highlighted he project’s exceptional nature, adding that this scheme represents a pioneering effort as the water sector’s first solar energy venture of this size.
Najjar also said that the project’s initial operating year is expected to produce 79 GWh of energy. He also stressed the integration of cutting-edge solar technology, including bi-facial solar panels and single-axis-tracker systems, to optimize peak solar hours.
Najjar expressed his appreciation to various stakeholders, mainly the European Union, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Energy and Mineral Regulatory Authority, and NEPCO, for their instrumental roles in the project.
The Minister said the project is supported by a 30-million-euro grant from the European Union, managed through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). “A segment of this grant is allocated for an energy storage facility integrated into the national grid, alongside a supplementary 1-megawatt solar venture situated at the Zara Maen station,” the Minister said.
This scheme aligns with the goals delineated in the National Water Strategy 2023-2040, which targets a 10 per cent hike in renewable energy contributions by 2025, Najjar pointed out.