Jordan Advances Solar Plans In Restive Southern Deserts

The 52.5MW Shams Ma’an PV plant is moving forward in the deserts of southern Jordan. But economic development may not quench the region’s growing Salafism.

US photovoltaics firm First Solar has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the planned 52.5MW Shams Ma’an PV plant in southern Jordan.

First Solar was also awarded a contract to operate and maintain the facility once completed, though in late June the firm sold its share of the project to Qatar’s Nebras Power (35%) and a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi (35%). The Kawar Group, the investment vehicle of one of Jordan’s most influential families, owns the remaining 30% stake in Shams Ma’an.


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