Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, revealed that the country expects to increase its renewable energy capacity to 2,400 MW by 2021, as part of which numerous solar energy projects are in the pipeline for development in the years to come.
According to a report published on the ministry’s website, renewable sources contribute to 11% of the country’s total energy needs at present, a hike of 1% over corresponding 2014 figures.
The minster said Jordan's renewable energy sources generated 1,130 MW in 2018, adding that the country planned to generate 20% of its total energy requirements by 2025 from renewable sources.
Under Phase 1 of its programme to ramp up renewable energy development, the ministry has so far implemented 10 solar projects in Ma'an, and one each in Aqaba and Irbid, with a total capacity of 204 MW.
All 12 of these projects began operations in 2016.
Under Phase 2, the ministry three projects in Mafraq’s development zone, and one in Safawi, with a combined capacity of 200 MW.
The ministry is currently developing a 150 MW solar park in Ma’an as the programme's third phase, with the plant expected to be operational in 2020.
Earlier this year, UAE-based Amea Power began construction on the 50 MW Al Husainiyah Power Plant in Jordan, a greenfield solar park in the Ma’an governorate.
Upon operational commencement in Q4 2020, the plant will supply affordable clean energy for 42,000 households and cut around 100,000 tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.