Jordan has signed 30 agreements with the private sector to set up renewable power projects in the kingdom, in a bid to boost its struggling economy.
Over the next five years, the country intends to generate up to 1,000MW of clean energy from renewable power sources, including wind and solar.
Currently, Jordan imports most of the energy from neighbouring nations, including gas from Egypt and oil from Saudi Arabia.
This has exhausted the kingdom’s economy and pushed the government towards bankruptcy.
Jordanian Energy Minister Alaa Batayneh said at a press conference in Batayneh last week that the government was in talks with two companies to build a 10MW solar plant in the Mafraq region and a 117MW wind farm in the city of Tafileh.
The 117MW wind farm is expected to cost JOD205m ($290m), and should be completed in 2014, Batayneh told reporters.
The 10MW wind power project in the north, to be developed at a cost of JOD16m ($19m), is expected to come online within 18 months.
Batayneh said the governments expects electricity prices to halve as a result of these projects.
Image: Jordan aims to generate up to 1,000MW of renewable energy within five years. Photo: FreeDigitalPhoto.net.