Energy: Jordan signs 30 accords to generate wind,solar power

21 February, 12:37

(ANSAmed) - AMMAN, FEBRUARY 21 - Jordan has signed 30 agreements with the private sector to establish renewable energy projects based on solar and wind power, a senior official said today. The ambition is to generate up to 1,000MW worth of renewable energy projects in five years.

According to Energy Minister Alaa Batayneh, the government is in talks with two firms to establish a 10 megawatt (MW) solar plant Mafraq, north Amman and a 117MW wind farm southern city of Tafileh. The first plant of wind in the north is expected to be turning within one year and a half at a cost of JD16 million (USD 19 million), while the 117MW wind farm in the south, will cost JD205 million (USD 290 million) and be completed next year.

Batayneh said electricity prices are expected to drop to half and hopes the kingdom will be able to rely on local resources to generate electricity.

The kingdom is the poorest country in the region in terms of natural resources, with most of its energy needs imported from neighboring countries, including the fuel from Saudi Arabia and gas from Egypt.

The bill of importing fuel has exhausted the national economy and brought the government on the brink of bankruptcy, according to officials.(ANSAmed).