Enerray, Desert Technologies put 23.1 MW-DC PV plant online in Jordan

Yesterday Italian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Enerray reported that it has put one of the largest PV plant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region online, the 23.1 MW-DC Falcon Ma’an solar plant.

The project was built by Enerray in partnership with Saudi Arabia’s Desert Technologies, and features JinkoSolar PV modules which cover 500,000 square meters as well as SMA medium-voltage power stations.

The plant is expected to generate 147 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, which it will sell to Jordanian grid operator NEPCO under a 20-year contract. The project was awarded this contract in Jordan’s first national auction.

Jordan has been a leading solar market in the MENA region. The nation boasts significant and growing solar markets at both the utility-scale and distributed scale, and recently launched the third round of its solar solicitation.

It is also a win for Enerray, which is also finalizing construction of a 254 MW PV plant in Brazil, which will be the largest in Latin America when complete.

"The Falcon Ma’an solar plant, together with recently accomplished 10 MWp Shamsuna project in Aqaba, is another milestone in Enerray’s strategy of becoming one of the global solar industry leaders," stated Michele Scandellari, Enerray’s CEO.

Desert Technologies, Enerray and partner Seci Energia own half of the project, and Catalyst Private Equity owns the other half. The project has financed under International Finance Corporation’s Seven Sisters program, in collaboration with the Dutch Development Bank FMO, The OPEC Fund for International Development, the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Europe Arab Bank and Arab Bank.

The commissioning of the Falcom Ma’an plant comes only two months after First Solar put online the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an PV plant in Jordan.