103 MW solar plant comes online in Jordan

Spanish engineering services provider, TSK and Abu Dhabi-based EPC contractor, Enviromena Power Systems have announced the completion of Jordan’s largest solar PV power plant, the 103 MW Quweira project.

The project, the EPC contract of which was assigned through a tender launched in November 2014, is owned by the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), and funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).

It was tendered separately, and not together with the rest of the projects in Jordan’s first or second national tenders for large-scale solar plants. As for the funding, it was a donation from the Abu Dhabi development fund, channeled through Jordan’s government.

The solar project consists of a combination of fixed-tilt and single-axis horizontal tracking technologies. The two 51.5 MW PV systems rely on 19 Ingeteam inverter stations, which are connected to the national grid through the 132/33kV Quweira solar substation. The 328,320 modules, with an output of 315 Wp, that were used for the project were provided by Chinese manufacturer, JinkoSolar.

The US$130 million project was approved by the Jordan authorities in January 2016.

According to the latest available statistics, Jordan’s renewable energy capacity stood at 732 MW at the end of 2017, mostly derived from solar PV. After the commissioning of the Quweira project, this figure should now have surpassed 835 MW.