The Tafila Wind Farm is the first commercial utility-scale wind power project in the Middle East. Located in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the 117-megawatt (MW) wind farm has increased the country’s total power capacity by 3 percent. The U$287 million project became operational in September 2015. It was officially inaugurated in December the same year by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan.
The wind farm is owned and operated by the Jordan Wind Project Company (JWPC). The current investors in JWPC are Masdar (50%), Al Blagha Group (30%) and APICORP (20%).
Jordan’s electricity demand was estimated to grow by at least 4.5 percent until 2020, meaning the country must rapidly develop new sources of energy generation to cope with future growth.
Tafila was the first wind power project to be developed under Jordan’s Renewable and Energy Efficiency Law passed in 2010. The law calls for the country to generate 7 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015, and 10 per cent by 2020.