Phoenix wins Jordan PV work

Phoenix Solar has won engineering and procurement work at the first MW-scale PV project in Jordan, in a landmark order for both the company and the energy-starved Middle Eastern country.

The 1MW project was awarded by the Jordanian government to local developer Mustakbal, which has a number of PV projects under development in the southern region around the city of Ma’an.

Phoenix, which won the order through its Singapore-based subsidiary, has tapped China’s Trina and Germany’s SMA to provide modules and inverters respectively.

Despite its painful reliance on Egyptian gas for electricity production, and the positive noises it has been making about renewables for years, most experts expect relatively modest PV installations in Jordan over the next handful of years – with most capacity gains to come from utility-scale systems.

The order will nevertheless further boost Phoenix’s profile in the Middle East, where a growing number of countries with no experience in solar energy are accepting the economic feasibility of large-scale PV.

Phoenix, like many rival German PV groups, has often at times appeared on the brink of bankruptcy over the past few years. But the company returned to a modest profit in the most recent quarter, and has achieved significant success in pivoting beyond Germany – and even Europe.

This summer Phoenix unveiled an order to build a 37MW array in the US state of Georgia, the largest in the company’s history.