WFES: Jordan to add 250 MW of PV as ABB, Masdar move in

first_imgWFES: Jordan to add 250 MW of PV as ABB, Masdar move inSwiss power technology producer ABB announces involvement in two 50 MW PV plants in Jordan, while UAE’s Masdar to sign agreement to build 200 MW PV plant in the country. January 19, 2016 Ian Clover Installations Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share The star of the MENAT region’s solar landscape shone a little more brightly at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today as 250 MW of new solar PV capacity was announced for Jordan.Switzerland’s ABB revealed the details of two projects that the company is involved in, which include the signing of a 50 MW central inverter supply contract with EPC Martifer Solar, and a separate substation supply agreement for an additional 52.5 MW solar PV plant being built in Jordan by First Solar.The 50 MW project will be spread across four separate solar PV plants – three 10 MW plants and one 20 MW plant. ABB will supply its Ultra central inverters for the project, which is being built by Portugal’s Martifer Solar near to the cities of Ma’an and Mafraq.ABB’s communications manager Jyotsna Ravishankar told pv magazine that ABB has been looking to build on its presence in Jordan for some time. “Of all the MENA countries, Jordan has the clearest legislation for solar PV development,” said Ravishankar.“The country also has first-mover advantage and because it lacks many natural energy resources has had to import energy. Now, there is a clear mandate to focus on solar.” Jordan imports 96% of all its energy at an annual cost of $3.6 billion, or 13.5% of the country’s GDP. ABB’s other announcement involved the supply of its substations for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an PV plant that is being constructed in Jordan by U.S. company First Solar and is expected to be completed this year.Masdar moves inThe UAE’s Abu Dhabi-headquartered Masdar, meanwhile, is preparing to announce the signing of an agreement with Jordan’s Ministry of Energy to build a 200 MW solar PV plant in Jordan this year.Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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