Wind for Prosperity MoU in Jordan
Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas and developer EP Global Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under the Wind for Prosperity programme in a bid to bring wind power to remote communities in the Middle East.
Jordan is set to become the first country in the Middle East, and the second country globally after Kenya to host a project under Wind for Prosperity, which was launched by Vestas last year.
The first project under the MOU is expected to be commissioned in Jordan before the end of 2014 and will use the Wind for Prosperity wind/diesel hybrid solution to bring electricity to more than 100,000 people.
Vestas and EP Global Energy will collaborate to help improve access to electricity for communities that currently have no, or only limited energy infrastructure.
Jordan is facing severe energy challenges owing to rising local consumption and limited domestic fossil fuel resources, said the partners.
"The Wind for Prosperity initiative is a cost-effective and robust way to provide electricity from non-polluting renewable sources to those communities that need it most,” said Efthyvoulos Paraskevaides, chairman of EP Global Energy.
Morten Albæk, Vestas group senior vice president, added: “This agreement is an important milestone – for Wind for Prosperity, the Middle East region, and especially for Jordan.
“Partnering with EP Global Energy will allow Wind for Prosperity to scale up and travel to new countries to the benefit of those living in energy poverty.”
The MoU builds on co-operation between Vestas and EP Global Energy over the 117MW Al Tafila project in Jordan.
That plant is expected to start operating in the second quarter of 2015.