Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, has inaugurated the Mafraq I and Empire photovoltaic solar plants of 50MW AC each.
In line with NEPCO's ambition to boost the role of renewable sources in Jordan's energy mix, Mafraq I and Empire photovoltaic solar plants which are already under operation, supply approximately 1.5 per cent of Jordan's total power generation capacity: an important contribution towards Jordan's goal to deliver 10 per cent of the country's total power generation through clean energy by 2020.
The plants generate a total of 134MW DC, which is enough to supply more than 40,500 households and avoid the emission of more than 200,000 tons of CO2 per year. This is equivalent to removing approximately 44,000 cars from the country's roads.
The Mafraq I and Empire projects, awarded in the second round of the Jordanian government's solar program, represent a total investment of US$ 180 million and created approximately 500 jobs during their construction phase alone.
Plans are already underway for FRV's fourth 50MW AC solar photovoltaic plant in Jordan, having won a competitive tender by the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ). The project will be located in Al Dulail Industrial Park and is expected to create 300 jobs during the construction phase. Once completed, FRV will have developed approximately 270 MW DC in the country, covering a land area equivalent to 885 soccer fields.
In his speech, Tristán Higuero, FRV's Chief Operations Officer for the region, thanked everyone involved in the successful outcome of the projects and emphasized the solidity of FRV's activities in Jordan: "The opening of Mafraq I and Empire is undoubtedly a key milestone for the company. It not only represents the success of our projects in Jordan, but it is also evidence that the future of energy in the country is clean and renewable. Our commitment is clear and we will continue to support Jordan through long-term investments in its transition to a more sustainable energy model".
Daniel Sagi-Vela, Chief Executive Officer of FRV also joined the round of speeches and added "The future is promising and that is why I would like to highlight the willingness and firm commitment of FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy to continue investing in this region. We are determined to play a relevant role and we have the experience, track record and knowledge to lead this process".
Raad Al-Saady, Senior Managing Director, Business Development, Abdul Latif Jameel said: "With power demand in the MENAT region increasing by around 7% annually, there is a pressing need to develop sustainable alternatives to traditional energy production. Abdul Latif Jameel as a whole, and its energy focused company, FRV, are proud to be launching the Mafraq I and Empire solar plants today, joining hands with FRV and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in developing Jordan's solar power industry."