May 28, 2024

Jordan Initiates Tender for Solar System Installation in 40 Municipalities

The Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has announced an important move towards the use of renewable energies by launching several tenders to install renewable energy systems in four northern provinces of the kingdom.

In a release, the ministry said that these contracts comprise the planning, supply, installation and operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems in 40 municipalities in the provinces of Mafraq, Irbid, Jerash and Ajloun.

Jordan's Solar Initiative Illuminates 40 Municipalities

This project is the second phase of installing solar energy facilities on the roofs of municipal buildings, according to the report in Al-Ghad newspaper.

On 23rd of the following month, the ministry will announce the closing date of the bids issued to all interested parties, urging those who are interested to apply to benefit from using the solar energy.

In the first phase of the project, which was completed last year, the ministry managed to retrofit the roofs of 30 municipal buildings in different provinces with solar energy systems at a cost of half a million Jordanian dinars, according to ministry data at the time. That phase had a capacity of 570 kilowatts.

In the second phase’s plan, which is under implementation now, the Energy Fund within the ministry plans to target 70 municipalities, with a scope of up to 2850 kilowatts of capacity. Installation is expected in 144 buildings in all regions of the kingdom and tenders will be released separately for the regions.

The ministry estimates that the installation of such solar systems should save the municipality more than 1150 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, resulting in savings of up to 245,000 Jordanian dinars (nearly $350,000) and reducing nearly 527 tons of carbon dioxide gas emissions.

The total expense of such systems – along with the capacity-building workshops that train municipal employees during implementation – totals some 1 million Jordanian dinars. Eventual goal is to reach all municipalities in the kingdom: 100 municipalities, a total capacity of 3.6 megawatts at a total price tag of 3.6 million Jordanian dinars.

This project illustrates Jordan’s attention on green growth and its efforts to harness renewable energy, especially solar, in connection with its objective to promote sustainable development and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on energy resources.

Impact of Solar Energy on Municipalities

Installation of solar energy systems onto the roof of municipal buildings in Jordan is part of a comprehensive environmentally friendly program to reduce dependence upon fossil fuels and produce renewable energy.

This will have significant impact in the selected municipalities with a clear roadmap to consume less electricity and causing less harm to the environment. As per the recent statistics, total installed capacity of solar energy system in 40 municipalities in northern provinces will reduce the electricity use by more than 1150 megawatt-hours per year.

It’ll mean a cut in municipalities’ electricity bills, creating an opportunity to pump more money into the maintenance and development of public services and the local community.

Local Capacity Development

Installing solar energy systems in municipalities is one avenue of support to build local capacity and enhance skills for municipal employees.

With the support of training activities carried out during project implementation, local staff will learn how to operate and maintain solar systems.

These options allow local staff to learn new-age technology and experiment with it at a small scale in their course of work which strengthens their innovative capability and upgrade in the renewable energy field. Furthermore, this might help to stimulate a Jordanian grass-roots level knowledge base in renewable energy and will increase Jordan’s ability to absorb modern technologies in many fields.

These efforts by central government, in collaboration with local and international institutions, offer the twin benefits of promoting green and cost-effective sustainable development while also providing local employment.

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