The number of projects will be limited due to the limited capacity of Jordanian electricity grid to receive all the energy generated in renewable energy projects. Applicants who pass this first stage will be included in a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to fulfil the measures relating to the projects. The best projects from a technical and economic perspective will be elected within a maximum period of six months.
The deadline for proposals was launched last February. Projects in this phase will be implemented according to the rules of construction, ownership and operation and each will have a capacity of 100MW. The global potential of this phase will range between 200 and 250 MW and the fourth phase, that will be launched later, will be of 400MW.
It is worth remembering that the ministry has given permission to 23 local and international companies in the first phase of solar projects and, to date, the Ministry has signed two agreements with companies from the first phase to purchase electricity with prospective companies of the 30 which signed memorandums of understanding with the ministry.
In 2012, the Ministry of Energy began applying a direct offers policy adopted by the Council of Ministers to develop solar and wind projects in the MAAN Development Area (MDA). The project, which will produce 160GW annually when it is operational, estimated in 2015, will receive investments of $150 million.
The Ministry of Energy and Minerals signed the 16th of this month with the company Shams Ma’an Project an agreement to buy the electricity generated by solar energy (50 MW) in the MAAN Development Area (MDA). The project, which will produce about 160GW per year when operational, as foreseen for 2015, will receive an investment of $ 150 million.
The national renewable energy strategy aims to increase the contribution of renewable energy in the energy mix to 7% in 2015 and 10% in 2020, from 600 to 1,000 MW of wind energy, from 300 to 600 MV of solar energy and from 30 to 50MW of waste energy.