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Jordan leading Arab way to renewable energy

Jordan is the leading Arab country in renewable energy and the potential for more projects is greater, officials and experts said today.

Compared to Germany, which generates almost a third of its electricity via renewable projects, solar irradiance in the Kingdom is more than double that in the European country.

In Jordan, the annual daily average of solar irradiance ranges from 5-7 kWh/m2, which is almost twice the ratio in Germany, which by mid-2015 generated 34 per cent of its electricity via renewable energy projects, according to officials and experts speaking during the 1st Jordanian-German Renewable Day, attended by public and private sector representatives from Germany and Jordan.

Despite that, renewable energy projects in Jordan contribute 3-4 per cent to the national electricity grid and the figure is scheduled to reach 10 per cent by 2020.

Meanwhile, the wind speed in Jordan is around 10 metres per second in some places in the country, which makes it a favourable place for wind farms.

"The potential is huge for Jordan and we are on the right track. Several projects are implemented or under implementation and by 2020, we will have solar and wind projects of total capacity of 1,600 megawatts," said Ziad Jibril, adviser to the minister of energy and mineral resources and former director of renewable energy department at the ministry.

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