Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Zawati on Wednesday launched the solar energy project "AM Solar", laying the foundation stone of the project in the east of Amman, with a capacity of 52 MW, at a total cost of 50 million dollars. The project is being developed by the US consortium of AES, Japan's Mitsui and Nebras a Qatari group, at a total cost of about $ 60 million through direct offerings and a building, ownership and operation system (BOO).
"The solar radiation rate in Jordan is estimated at 300 days a year, and the ministry is working hard to use it to strengthen our local sources with clean
energy that protects the environment." Zawati said at the ceremony. "Today we celebrate more than one project to generate electricity from our local sources of wind and sun, and at the same time has become remarkable (farms harvesting the energy of the sun), which are spread over the homes of Jordanians in different provinces for the purposes of lighting and water heating.
"These projects" serve the energy strategy with its four pillars: energy security, energy independence, local energy; Production costs, and Bringing us closer to our target of reaching 1,600 megawatts of electricity from renewable energy in 2020, accounting for about 20% of the electricity consumed in the Kingdom. "Zawati pointed out that renewable energy currently contributes about 800 MW of electricity in the total energy mixture," harvested from the sun and wind "
Zawati explained that the legislative environment and the investment climate that Jordan has created have enabled the success of these experiments. Jordan has also been able to attract prices for projects for the third round of unprecedented direct offers for solar projects amounting to 17.66 fils / kWh (equivalent to 2.48 US cents / kWh) ).
Director General of the National Electricity Company Amjad Rawashdeh said that the project "comes within several projects being implemented in the Kingdom, taking advantage of the legislative climate that stimulates investments in the energy sector, especially renewable." He described the project as "a success story for Jordan's cooperation with the investing companies," stressing the company's readiness to cooperate with companies operating in the sector.
Governor of Sahab Malik Khreisat said that the energy sector "poses challenges to the national economy and the citizen," and that renewable energy projects are "an important economic and environmental alternative that relieves the burdens of the national economy.
"The project is a fruit of the stimulating investment climate in Jordan and contributes to the government's vision of reducing the cost of imported energy and boosting the Kingdom's prosperity," said Faisal Saidiqi, Project Development Manager at Nebras. He pointed out that the project is "the fourth for Nebras in Jordan and the second in the field of clean energy." Officials at AM Solar presented the details of the project, which is expected to link the electricity network to the National Electricity and Commercial Operation Company in 2019, which will produce about 77 gigawatt hours per year.
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