Ministry announces criteria for energy projects over 1MW

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AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh announced Tuesday the basis on which renewable energy projects with a capacity of more than 1MW can be implemented, stressing the importance of the decision to reviving the national economy, attracting more investments, and expanding job opportunities, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The ministry stipulated that the industrial investment should be either new or entail the expansion of an existing one, and that an energy performance assessment study should be submitted before work on the project begins.

It also stipulated that no less than 70 percent of the project’s workforce must be Jordanian. Alongside this, the product must fulfill the conditions of local origin and domestic sales do not exceed 50 percent of total sales, or be a new product.

The ministry stressed the importance of a prospective enterprise’s commitment to any directives issued by the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Authority, including net metering and transit, among others.

Kharabsheh said that the decision will cover the consumption of new investors or expand the current consumption, including net measurement or transit projects, prior to the establishment of their investments and by projected consumption and technical determinants on the electrical grid.

Work is currently under way to prepare a mechanism to implement the principles contained in the Cabinet decision, the minister said, stressing the importance of the decision in the framework of the ministry’s efforts to expand the exploitation of renewable energy sources and raise the percentage of their contribution to electricity generation from the current 26 percent to 50 percent by 2030.

Kharabsheh urged national companies working in the field of renewable energy to take advantage of the investment opportunities available in the sector, especially that Jordan enjoys abundant resources of renewable energy due to its location on the solar belt, a large number of sunny days, and the availability of expertise that allows for increased reliance on renewable energy sources in the total energy mix.

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