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The Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) in Jordan has announced the country’s first feed-in tariff (FiT) progamme, awarding solar PV 120 fils (US$0.17) and solar 135 fils (US$0.19) for systems not exceeding 500MW. This is higher than FiTs for all other renewables.

The policy will also offer a domestic content allowance of 15% for installations of Jordanian origin.

“With rising international oil prices, the government has been looking for ways to reduce electricity demand and costs,” said ERC Chief Commissioner Mohammad Hamid.

“We found that the best way to achieve both is by encouraging Jordanians to go solar.”

The government claims that individuals and small to medium sized businesses could save between 32 and 70% of their monthly bills.

The Jordan Times cites an ERC study which showed households consuming between 300 and 500kw/h per month cutting their bill by as much as 70% with the addition of 1kw/h worth of solar panels, while those consuming between 750 and 1,000kw/h stand to save 32%.

Households will be fitted with smart energy meters to monitor energy output by the end of next year, although a start date for the FiT is yet to be set.