Analysis: Jordan closes in on first utility-scale project

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Given the problems in the Middle East, it is perhaps surprising to see such a large project moving forward, albeit one under development for a number of years. Explaining the project’s progress, Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council, said: “The short answer is that there is clear political will in the country which has no oil and relatively little political unrest at present, and good relations with international financing partners.”

Jordan imports 97% of its energy needs and is facing rapid growth in demand. In recent years it has been establishing policies in support of renewable energy, with a target of 10% of renewables in the power mix by 2020. Out of this, wind will contribute around 1.2GW, compared with just 1.45MW today.