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 wind farm has increased the country’s total power capacity by 3 per cent. 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.
It was developed by the Jordan Wind Project Company, a co-development partnership between Masdar (50%) and Al Blagha Group (50%).
With Jordan’s electricity demand estimated to grow by at least 4.5 per cent until 2020, 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 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2015, and 10 per cent by 2020.