The Jordanian facility’s logistics-related carbon footprint is believed to have been reduced thanks to the use of over 200,000 Philadelphia solar panels in the 50 MW Al Husainiyah photovoltaic project, which began generating last week. The project, which uses solar modules built-in Jordan by Amman-centered manufacturer and developer Philadelphia, was commissioned today in the Ma’an governorate of the country by Dubai-centered green energy developer AMEA Power.
The panel producer will hold 30% of the power plant, with AMEA owning the remaining 30% of a facility granted under Jordan’s feed-in tariff program’s second phase. The project, which began commercial operation, employed 400 workers during construction and would produce enough electricity to operate around 50,000 families, according to AMEA. In a press statement issued in January, Philadelphia put the total at 42,000 households, predicting that commercial operations would begin in May.
The project, which Philadelphia estimated to cost $74 million 8 months ago, was funded by the DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft) division of the German development bank KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) and its Dutch counterpart FMO (Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden). Philadelphia announced that the project had acquired a twenty-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Jordan’s National Electricity Company but did not specify the solar energy tariff.
“We are happy to celebrate another major milestone for AMEA Power,” stated AMEA Power chairperson Hussain Al Nowais, as quoted in today’s news release. This is AMEA Power’s third operational power station worldwide and the company’s second in Jordan. We continue to back Jordan’s goals of increasing renewable energy’s portion of its power mix to 30 percent by 2030 and reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.” AMEA claims to be nearing financial closure on the 1.2 GW of renewable power generation capacity in Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia, and Burkina Faso, as part of more than $1 billion in projects.
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