Enerray and Desert Technologies have started construction their a 23.1 MWp sovereign backed PV project within the Ma’an Development Area in Southern Jordan. DT and Enerray are acting both as investors, co-developers as well as turn-key Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contractors for the project.
This project is one of twelve approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Round 1 of the direct proposal process for photovoltaic projects, and is backed by a twenty year power purchase agreement with the National Electrical Power Transmission Company (NEPCO), signed on the 27th of April 2014. Jordan’s Ministry of Finance has issued a sovereign guarantee in support of the power purchase agreement, which enjoys a tariff of 0.12 JOD per Kwh, equal to 0.169 USD/Kwh.
The project finance was arranged by the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), with a total project cost of $50.2 million. The key equipment consists of 73.320 Optimal Premium Series Jinko “JKM315PP-72” Poly-crystalline modules estimated to produce about 147 million kWh/year, saving CO2 emissions for about 25.000 tons/year, alongside inverters and MV equipment provided by SMA. The design consist of twelve SMA MV Power Station 1800 SC, equipped with 24 compact inverters outdoor SMA Sunny Central CP 900 XT. The SMA MVPS solution guarantees high efficiency, robustness in harsh environments, easiness of transportation and installation.
During a recent site visit by members of DT’s Board and representatives of the press, Nour Mousa, CEO of Desert Technologies and Chairman of Falcon Ma’an, commented “The success of this first photovoltaic energy procurement round in Jordan has been felt throughout the Middle East: as well as follow up rounds in Jordan, we are seeing major renewable energy initiatives in the UAE, Egypt, Morocco and soon Saudi as well. As a Saudi renewable energy company, we are excited by the opportunities we see in our home market of MENA.”
“Thanks to this great project Enerray and DT will maintain once again their efficiency and quality standards which are all along part of the companies’ targets. And the selection of Jinko and SMA as suppliers is an evidence of this strategy. Thanks to the joint venture with DT Technologies, Enerray is aiming to reaffirm its leading position in the MENA market”, stated Michele Scandellari, Enerray SpA CEO and Board Member of Desert Technologies.
Gulnara Abdullina, Jinko General Manager Africa & Middle East added: “We are extremely excited to provide our technology to one of the first utility scale projects in the Middle East region. We believe it is just a beginning of our long term cooperation with such prominent players in the region. We trust Jordanian market has become a pioneer in adopting solar energy, and its program has incentivized other governments to join the club”.
“This project demonstrates once again how photovoltaic is the simplest, most sustainable and most affordable energy solution for developing countries. The wide range of SMA central inverters integrated in medium voltage stations allows us to offer flexible turn-key solutions for utility-scale PV plants like this one. Thanks to our engineers we can provide system planning consultancy to the companies involved in developing and building multi-MW PV plants anywhere in the world”, stated Valerio Natalizia, SMA Regional Manager South Europe.
SOURCE: Desert Technologies