09 Oct 2016

PV power plant accounts for approximately 1% of Jordan’s total power generation capacity

TEMPE, Ariz. & AMMAN, Jordan–(BUSINESS WIRE)– First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it has commissioned the 52.5 megawatt (MW)AC Shams Ma’an project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on schedule.

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The 52.5 MW Shams Ma'an Solar Power Plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Owned by a consortium  ...
The 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an Solar Power Plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Owned by a consortium of investors consisting of Diamond Generating Europe Ltd., Nebras Power Q.S.C. and theKawar Group, the project was developed and constructed by First Solar, Inc. The project was constructed by a workforce made up almost entirely of Jordanian workers, with First Solar spending more than 40,000 man-hours on training, creating a new skills resource for the region. (Photo: Business Wire)

The plant is owned by a consortium of investors consisting of Diamond Generating Europe Ltd., Nebras Power Q.S.C. and the Kawar Group. First Solar significantly contributed to the development of the project before divesting its stake and being appointed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor. Shams Ma’an has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO), the country’s power generation and distribution authority.

“First Solar has delivered a high-performance solar energy asset on schedule and with an excellent safety record. There is no doubt that this power plant will deliver on its promises, reliably generating energy over its lifetime and forming the cornerstone of Jordan’s energy security strategy,” said Karim Kawar, Chairman of Kawar Energy.

The plant, which accounts for approximately 1 percent of Jordan’s total energy generation capacity, produces clean electricity using over 600,000 high-performance First Solar Series 4 thin film modules, which deliver up to 5 percent more specific energy in Ma’an than conventional crystalline silicon panels. The modules are mounted on single-axis trackers that allow the facility to generate up to 20 percent more energy.


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