The 23.1MW PV project is expected to provide 147 million kWh of electricity to the Jordanian national grid every year. Image: Activ Solar / Flickr
Global EPC contractor and Saudi renewable energy company Desert Technologies announced Thursday that the 23.1MW Falcon Ma’an solar plant has been connected to the Jordanian national grid.
The PV project covers a surface area of 500,000 square metres and is expected to provide 147 million kWh of electricity to the Jordanian national grid ever year while cutting over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Hans-Josef Fell, president of the Energy Watch Group, said: "The Falcon Ma’an project confirms the importance of Jordan’s pioneering role in the adoption of solar energy in the region, that is why I am so thrilled and looking forward to visiting the project together with the renewable energy leaders from the Arab countries on 8 December. Solar power plays an important role in transitioning Arab countries towards their sustainable future. It can fight against poverty, with many new jobs created and we will discuss how solar energy can help greening deserts, desalinate seawater, for new food and biofuel production."
The solar plant was financed under the Seven Sisters renewable programme, created by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) together with other partners such as FMO (Dutch Development Bank), (OFID) The OPEC Fund for International Development, Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation), Europe Arab Bank and Arab Bank.
Michele Scandellari, Enerray’s CEO, said: “The Falcon Ma’an solar plant, together with recently accomplished 10MW Shamsuna project in Aqaba, is another milestone in Enerray’s strategy of becoming one of the global solar industry leaders. This also proves Enerray’s commitment to the regional market.
“Optimism is in our company’s DNA and we are just finalising the construction of the largest 254MW project in Brazil and Latin America. We truly believe in the huge potential for solar energy in Jordan, but also other Arab countries. Together with our regional partner Desert Technologies, as well as our top quality suppliers, we are eager to help them in converting this potential into reality."
Nour Mousa, CEO of Desert Technologies, added: “Achieving commercial operation on the Falcon Project is an import milestone for Desert Technologies, as both a developer and EPC on this project. It is a major achievement and validation of our integrated business model. Desert Technologies has once again positioned itself as a leading renewable energy company in the region, particularly off the back of our recent successes in round one of the Egypt Feed-in-Tariff program, and looking forward to our home market of Saudi Arabia next year.”