24MW solar farm project has been announced in Disi area

The photovoltaic farm aims to supplement the energy usage of the Jordanian Water Authority

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AMMAN — The minister of water and irrigation, Mohammad Al-Najjar, announced the initiation of a landmark 24-megawatt solar photovoltaic project in the Disi area. This solar farm is designed to augment the Water Authority's capacity, and is expected to save them annual costs of around JD4 million.اضافة اعلان

Al-Najjar emphasized the project's distinctiveness, "This initiative represents a pioneering effort, marking the first solar energy venture of this magnitude within the water sector," Jordan News Agency, Petra reported

Sustainable and eco-conscious development
He forecasted an impressive yield of 79 GWh in the project's initial operational year. This optimistic projection is attributed to the integration of cutting-edge solar technologies, such as Bi-facial solar panels and Single-axis-tracker systems, tailored to optimize solar peak hours.

Beyond fiscal relief, the venture exemplifies sustainable and eco-conscious development, presenting solutions for greenhouse gas mitigation, local employment generation, and fostering a myriad of environmental, economic, and societal benefits.

This initiative falls under the purview of the Planning and Management Department's Energy Unit (EnU).

International cooperation
Detailing the financial platform, Al-Najjar revealed that the project enjoys the backing of a 30 million euro grant from the EU, managed through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). A segment of this grant is earmarked for an energy storage facility integrated into the national grid, alongside a supplementary 1-megawatt solar venture situated at the Zara Ma’in station.

Comprehensive assessments are currently underway, led by the independent engineering firm, TUV. This firm, endorsed by both the Water Authority and the National Electricity Company, aims to ascertain the readiness of the project for commercial deployment.

SEPCOIII Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese company, spearheads the project's execution. Oversight is provided by a consortium, including the Egyptian-based Firnas Shuman Company and the German consultancy, Ramboll Company.

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