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Aqaba Solar Power Plant. Image courtesy of Enerray.

Enerray, owned by Seci Energia (Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri), one of Europe’s most active solar developers and Desert Technologies, a Saudi Arabian partner operating in the renewable energy sector, have completed and connected to the grid at the Aqaba facility, the first solar power plant in Jordan.

The installation features 40,320 panels of 250 Wp and has a total capacity of 10 MWp, for an estimated total annual production of nearly 20 million kWh. The solar power plant will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 10,000 tons a year.

Named “Shamsuna,” the installation is part of a rolling program which includes 12 projects – run by the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) – which provide a 20-year agreement for the sale of electricity to the local company NEPCO (National Electric Power Company) at a special rate of 0.12 JOD per kWh, equivalent to US $ 0.17 per kWh.

Michele Scandellari, CEO of Enerray SpA, commented: ” Our company is an  international leader in the development of solar installations; adding the Middle East to our porfolio further enhances our global reach.”

Nour Mousa, CEO of Desert Technologies, added: “Jordan is the leading country on photovoltaic systems in the Middle East and Shamsuna plant is the first project that has taken shape. This puts us, together with Enerray, at the forefront of the market.”

A number of public officials attended the Shamsuna plant inauguration, including Abdullah Ensour, the Prime Minister of Jordan.

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