First Solar and Shams Ma’an Power Generation announced yesterday that they have signed a 20 year power purchase agreement with National Electric Power Company for a 52.5 MW solar power plant in Jordan.

The power plant, when completed will represent one percent of the country’s overall generation capacity, supplying power to 35,000 homes.  It is estimated that the project will reduce the country’s carbon footprint by 90,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of taking 20,000 cars off the road.

“This agreement marks a significant step towards fulfilling Jordan’s energy security goals. By efficiently harnessing the country’s most abundant energy resource, Shams Ma’an will help power sustainable growth and development with clean, affordable and reliable solar electricity,” said Ahmed S. Nada, Vice President of Business Development for First Solar in the Middle East.

In addition to supplying the company’s thin film photovoltaic modules, First Solar will also provide EPC and O&M services to the project.  The project is part of the Ma’an Development Area in southern Jordan, which when completed, will constitute four complementary clusters including a residential community and industrial park.

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