Wind power will account for more than 60% of renewable energy capacity additions in the near-term, despite recent announcements of major solar programs by Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region governments. There has been a steady stream of wind power project announcements of late, and the UAE-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) reports a total of 42 MENA wind projects in the pipeline.

Jordan is seeking expressions of interest for build-own-operate wind and solar projects, under a plan to raise renewables generation capacity to 1.8GW by 2020, of which 1.2GW will be wind and 600MW solar. Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has set potential bidders a 30 September deadline. Meanwhile, the Jordan Wind Project consortium is working to complete financing for a 120MW wind farm at Tafila. (CONTINUED - 495 WORDS)