Funding Deal Secured for Jordan’s Biggest Solar Plant

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is to oversee the funding of what will be the largest solar plant in Jordan.

The World Bank company has been appointed by UAE renewables firm Masdar, whose subsidiary Baynouna Solar Energy Company is developing the 200-MW project.

The deal was signed at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week last week and follows a power purchase agreement sealed in October between Masdar and Jordan’s state electricity provider National Electric Power Company.

Expected to break ground later this year, the plant will be built 10 kilometres outside the Jordan capital of Amman.

Eric Becker, the IFC’s MENA infrastructure manager, said the solar plant would be vital because “the Middle East and North Africa continue to face serious power shortages and there is now even greater pressure on infrastructure services.”

The project follows the inauguration of the 117-MW Tafila wind farm in Jordan in December 2015, the Middle East’s largest onshore wind power project in which Masdar has a 31 percent stake.

Masdar said the combined output of the Tafila and Baynouna plants will account for nearly 18 percent of the 1.8 GW of renewable energy Jordan plans to install by 2020.  

Lead image credit: David Bacon | Flickr

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Kelvin Ross is Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review . Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Editor and Head of Design on daily international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, Deputy Editor for a group of weekly London newspapers and has worked as a freelance sub-editor on UK national newspapers.

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