The US$74 million Al Husainiyah power plant, a 50MW greenfield solar park in Ma’an Governorate, Jordan, has reached financial close. Mott MacDonald was the lender’s technical advisor on the project on behalf of the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), and the German Development Finance Institution (DEG).

The solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, located in the Hashemite Development area of Jordan, is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2020. It will supply 42,000 households with clean energy and mitigate at least 100,000 tonnes in annual CO2 emissions.

The project is sponsored by AMEA Power, as the lead developer and majority owner (70%), and Jordan-based Philadelphia Solar (30%).

In total, over 200,000 330Wp panels manufactured locally by Philadelphia Solar will be used for the project. Mott MacDonald’s due diligence confirmed the modules met international manufacturing standards to mitigate possible risks and to promote sustainability of the project.

Imke Meyer, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, said: “We are excited that the Al Husainiyah PV plant has reached this important milestone and is now one step closer to reducing the country’s reliance on expensive imported fossil fuels. The plant supports the government’s vision to enhance the security and affordability of its power sector.”

The renewable energy strategy of Jordan calls for 10% contribution of renewable energy in the total energy mix by 2020.

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