A total of 16 companies and consortia drawn from Jordan, the MENA region, China and Europe have this week filed official bids to build 200 MW of new solar PV capacity in Jordan.
The Jordanian government this week confirmed that it is in the process of assessing the technical offers made under the third direct proposal stage for the project, which will see four 50 MW solar plants constructed in the country’s Maan Development Zone.
Once the technical assessments of the shortlisted bidders have been carried out, Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources will look into the financial offers and decide the winning bids based on that.
It is expected that the winners will be announced in the third quarter of the year.
The Ministry has also extended the bid deadline for two 50 MW wind farm projects also planned for the nation’s energy mix. Interested developers now have until November to lodge their technical and financial offers, the government confirmed.
Official figures showed that Jordan’s renewable energy capacity stood at 732 MW at the end of 2017, mostly derived from solar PV. This is 7% of the country’s overall energy consumption.
Official targets aim to boost that figure to 10% by 2020, while estimations of future installation growth suggest that the country will have around 2.4 GW of renewables installed by 2021 – exceeding its official target.