Jordan’s movement towards renewable energy is gaining momentum.
The Kingdom, which is estimated to import around 97 percent of its energy, has ambitious plans to switch 20 percent of its power consumption to green energy by 2020.
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, solar energy has fast become the focus of the state’s energy investments.
Established in 2008, Jordanian project developer Kawar Energy has approximately 200 solar developments to its name.
“We have excellent (solar) radiation that helps generate more energy and electricity out of the plants,” says CEO Hanna Zaghloul, “But what’s really more important is the legal framework that we have developed in Jordan which attracts investors and the government’s actual commitment to renewable energy.”
Jordan officially took its place on the renewable energy map when it opened Shams Ma’an Power Plant in 2016, the second largest solar farm in the region.
Costing an estimated $170 million dollars to build, the farm consists of 640,000 panels, spanning two-square-kilometres of desert land in the Southern city of Ma’an.
It generates one per cent of the country’s total production of electrcity.
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