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Jordan to add 1,600MW of clean power to energy mix

Minister: Recent renewable energy investments a “quantum leap” in Kingdom’s pursuit of clean energy

Jordan is set to add 1,600 megawatts (MW) of solar and wind power to the national energy mix by 2016, according to the country’s minister of energy and mineral resources.

The renewable energy sector needs an investment of $2.4 billion by 2025, in order to increase the contribution of clean energy sources to the Kingdom’s overall power capacity, says Ibrahim Saif, minister of energy and mineral resources.

According to the minister, recent renewable energy investments have been a “quantum leap” in the Kingdom’s pursuit of clean energy.

In remarks published by the Jordan News Agency (Petra), the minister explains that 1,000MW will be from solar power, while 600MW will be generated from wind power by 2018.

The new ventures are scattered across the resource-scarce country in the north as well as in the south, the minister notes.

Saif indicates that the country pays roughly 18 per cent of its gross domestic product every year to import 97 per cent of its energy needs from abroad.

He indicated that demand for electricity is projected to grow at an average rate of 6.4 per cent from now until 2020.