Jordan’s recent embrace of solar energy has kicked up another notch, with Norway-based Scatec Solar announcing a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 10MW PV plant in the country.
the 20-year PPA First Solar announced earlier this month, the project
will be built as part of an emerging industrial cluster in southern
Jordan, near the city of Ma’an, in what Scatec
calls “some of the best solar irradiation conditions in the world”.
The project was awarded under Jordan’s first round of renewables tendering. The
$28m plant is due on line by mid-2015, and Scatec says it is pursuing a
“number” of additional projects in the country alongside local partner
has emerged as one of the world’s pre-eminent solar developers in
untapped markets, having recently completed the 75MW Kalkbult array in
South Africa – currently the largest on the African
continent – and unveiled an 8.5MW project underway in Rwanda.
drive to lower its dependence on imported fossil fuels via renewables
has seen big orders handed in recent months to a variety of wind and
solar companies, including a 117MW turbine
order for Denmark’s Vestas.