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ET Energy breaks ground on 61MW solar project in Jordan

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 March 2017

ET Energy’s German subsidiary ET Solutions has commenced the construction of a 60.9MW solar power project for ACWA Power in Jordan.

Upon completion, the project for the Saudi Arabia-based independent power producer, ACWA Power is touted to become one of the largest 1500VDC PV facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

ACWA Power is the developer and owner of the solar project located in Mafraq, 50km from Jordan’s capital of Amman, in the north-east direction. Power generated from the project after its completion will be purchased at a rate of JD0.043 per kWh ($0.06 per kWh) by National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).

ACWA Power president & CEO Paddy Padmanathan said: “Working together with ET Solutions, our EPC Contractor, ACWA Power is proud and privileged to be able to invest in Jordan to shift the countries dependence on foreign currency consuming imported fossil fuels for power generation to utilize its own renewable energy resource and to do so at what is the lowest tariff of all offers submitted at Round two of renewable energy procurement by the Government, reinforcing our commitment to reliably deliver electricity at the lowest possible cost.”

ACWA Power had secured the project during the Photovoltaic Procurement program held by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan.

Along with its consortium partner, Northwest Power Design Institute (NWPDI) of China Power Engineering Consulting Group, ET Solutions is acting as the full turn-key Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) provider for the solar project.

The construction of the project is expected to be completed within 10 months.

ET Energy president and CEO Dennis She said: “As an industry trailblazer, we innovatively introduce into 1500VDC technique on utility-scale solar plants.

“Commencement of this project marks a key milestone of our expansion into the Middle East regions, a strategic market for our system solutions business. Moreover, we are proud to partner with the regional market leader, ACWA Power.

“This collaboration expands our track record of working with global leading independent power producers and utility companies around the world.”

In June last year, ET Energy had formed a new subsidiary ET Energy South Africa to execute an EPC contract for a 130MW package of large-scale solar power plants in South Africa.