Jordan's next round of large-scale project applications set to begin

Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has announced the initiation of the second round of its direct large-scale proposals initiative.

MEMR is asking for submission of proposals for investment in large-scale solar and wind power projects. Selected projects will be developed on a build-own-operate basis with produced power purchased at a fixed rate by the country’s utility, NEPCO.

The bidding process will allow for competitive power purchase agreement (PPA) pricing, although the rates for solar projects are capped at $0.169 per kilowatt hour. September 30 is the deadline for applications submissions and successful applicants will sign memoranda of understanding with MEMR establishing the basis for the development of the full project proposals.

The previous round had resulted in the approval of different solar technologies, such as concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) projects, and included 12 approved solar PV plants amounting to approximately 200 MW. Contracts of the first round are expected to be finalised by the first months of 2014.

Toronto-based ClearSky Advisors is expecting modest growth in Jordan’s solar PV market, with a primary focus on utility-scale, larger than 1 MW projects. Long-term growth opportunities, ClearSky Advisors say, will also present themselves as the country continues its focus on diversifying its energy mix and increasing energy independence.