Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco) has signed a 20-year deal to purchase power from a 52.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant planned by the Shams Ma’an Power Generation consortium, led by US firm First Solar. The plant will supply 160mn kWh of electricity per year to the Ma’an Development Area in southern Jordan.

First Solar says this is enough to power 35,000 average homes, “a significant step towards fulfilling Jordan’s energy security goals,” First Solar regional business development head Ahmed Nada says. No target start-up date was announced. (CONTINUED - 297 WORDS)