The 50MW Al Husainiyah Power Plant will provide the power grid with enough energy for 42,000 households. © Lonely Planet/Getty Images
The 50MW Al Husainiyah Power Plant will provide the power grid with enough energy for 42,000 households. © Lonely Planet/Getty Images

Building begins on $74m solar power plant in Jordan

A major US$74m solar power plant is being built in Jordan, as part of a wider bid to achieve sustainability and reduce the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuels, it was announced this month.

The 50MW Al Husainiyah Power Plant project is under construction in the Ma’an Governorate, south of the Jordanian capital, Amman.

It is a partnership between global energy developer AMEA Power, which has a 70% stakeholding in the project, while Jordan-based Philadelphia Solar holds 30%.

The renewable energy plant is expected to be up and running by the end of next year and will provide the power grid with enough energy for 42,000 households, according to AMEA Power.

Philadelphia Solar, which develops commercial and industrial scale photovoltaic plants, will manufacture more than 200,000 solar panels for the new plant. These are being produced in its local factory in the Al-Qastal Industrial Area, near Amman.

The energy generated by the new solar power plant will reduce Jordan’s annual CO2 emissions by at least 100,000 tonnes while decreasing the country’s reliance on imported fuel.

This is in alignment with the government’s mission to build a sustainable, affordable power sector, AMEA Power said.

In addition, the factory will provide jobs for some 375 local people.

Hussain Al Nowais, chairman at AMEA Power, said: “We believe in Jordan and the government’s commitment to increase the renewable energy share in the country’s power production.”

He added: “The country is an important market for us as we recently also reached financial close on a 50MW wind project in Jordan and we hope that this solar project will stimulate further investments in renewable energy projects in Jordan.”

And A.R Shehadeh, chairman, Philadelphia Solar, commented: “We are proud of this great partnership, and in my opinion the project real value comes from the great mix of sustainability, job creation and local content support.”

This is the latest in a series of investments into renewable energy projects in the Middle East. It comes just weeks after SM reported how a $190m solar project is nearing completion in Egypt as the country aims to generate a fifth of its energy from renewables by 2022.

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