Scatec gets 10MW Jordan PPA

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. 

Like 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 KAN Renewables.

Scatec 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.

Jordan’s 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.