Jordan’s thriving net metering PV sector welcomes new 16.5 MW system

Last week pv magazine reported that Lafarge Cement Jordan (LCJ) is developing Jordan’s largest net metering PV system. In fact, previous information released about the project detailed a 15 MW installation, however LCJ told pv magazine they are now developing a 17 MW PV system.

New 16.5 MW net metering PV system
This week, Spain-headquartered manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers Soltec told pv magazine that another net metering PV system is also under development with a capacity of 16.5 MW.

The installation will belong to the Al Hazaa Investment Group, which is a Jordanian corporation active mainly in the food industry. The 16.5 MW project will be located at Al Zumayla, which is about 50 km south of Jordan’s capital city Amman and will be financed with capital from the Al Hazaa Investment Group and the Arab Bank, said a Soltec spokesperson.

Construction will start in June and the plant will be connected to the grid by the end of the year, with the potential to generate up to 36 GWh per year.

Soltec will supply and install its trackers for the plant, which is also the company’s debut in the Middle East region. “This is a strategic milestone toward building our presence in the Middle East,” added Soltec CEO Raúl Morales.

Spanish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Sol9 will also join forces with Soltec for the project.

Cheap PV technology, an excellent solar resource and Jordan’s energy market dynamics make the country’s net metering PV sector highly attractive, with current installations exceeding 100 MW of capacity. Particularly for large power consumers such as factories and universities, the net metering investment could be paid off after just a few years.