Located east of Amman, Baynouna is the largest single solar energy project currently under development in Jordan. Expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2020, the plant will supply the annual power needs of approximately 160,000 homes and will displace an estimated 360,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Developed as a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Masdar and National Electric Power Company, Jordan’s state electricity provider. This US$260 million project will generate 563.3 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity each year, equivalent to 4 per cent of the annual energy consumption of Jordan.
Construction is slated to begin in Q2 2017, with Masdar assuming the role as majority shareholder of the project. This 200MW solar project will bolster the Kingdom’s energy independence by replacing 1.4 billion litres of imported crude oil with clean energy.
The 200MW solar power plant and Masdar’s 117MW Tafila windfarm will help Jordan reach its goal of producing 15 per cent of its domestic electricity needs from renewable sources. Combined, the two projects will account for nearly 18 per cent of the 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy Jordan plans to install by 2020.