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Global module manufacturer, Trina Solar has made an agreement with Jordan-based solar energy supplier, Shamsuna to construct a 10MW solar power plant.

Trina Solar will develop, construct, operate and maintain (O&M) the 10MW solar power project in Aqaba, Jordan. The O&M deal is a five-year agreement.

Trina will also supply 40,320 of its 250Wp TSM- PC05A solar modules for the plant, which will generate 19GWh a year, alleviating energy demand grid pressures rising in Jordan.

Located in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, southeast of Aqaba, once complete the plant will be the largest solar development in the coastal city.

Construction is to begin this December, to be online by mid 2015, with power sold under a sovereign backed, 20-year PPA with Jordan's National Electric Power Company.

The project is financed by World Bank Group member International Finance Corporation.

Private equity fund, Foursan Capital Partners will own 85% of the project, Shamsuna 15%.

Qi Lin, president of PV systems business unit of Trina Solar said the project provides Trina “valuable first-hand experiences in operating a solar system in a desert environment, as well as substantial knowledge of local grid companies that will help Trina Solar accelerate its pace of project development in the Middle East”.

Also this month Scatec Solar secured finance for a 43MW solar power plant in Jordan.

“The Jordanian government has introduced new incentives to encourage the development of solar projects throughout the country with the aim of increasing renewable energy contributions to 10% of the country's generation mix by 2020. We look forward to playing a meaningful role in Jordan's efforts to develop its solar sector,” said Lin.

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