Construction of Jordan’s first utility-scale wind farm is underway, following ground-breaking at the 117MW Tafilah project.
The development, which will be made up of 38 3MW Vestas
turbines, is expected online in the first quarter of 2015.
“The Tafilah wind
power plant is a major step forward in clean energy development, energy
self-sufficiency and security of supply for the country,” states Vestas Mediterranean president Marco Graziano.
“Vestas is proud to be part of this milestone project in
Jordan, 18 years after pioneering the local industry and installing the
country’s first wind turbines.”
Jordan Wind Project chairman Samer Judeh adds: “At 85 Jordanian
Dinars per MWh ($120/MWh), electricity is priced at less than half the cost of generation
from conventional power. The price is fixed for 20 years, ensuring reliable and
clean energy for the country.”
The Tafilah wind farm will be connected to the
National Electric Power Company grid to provide almost 400GWh of electricity
per year, enough to meet the energy needs of over 150,000 Jordanians.