The National Center for Research and Development (NCRD), in collaboration with Solartys, the cluster for the internationalization and innovation of Spanish solar industry (Barcelona, Spain), presented in a new workshop hold in Amman on 28th January at the premises of the Royal Scientific Society, the expected results in Jordan of MED-SOLAR project, which invests on promoting and implementing innovative technologies in the field of solar energy
MED-SOLAR has concluded its second year, after its launch in January 2013. The workshop aimed at highlighting the development of the project in Jordan, with particular focus on the regulation of the Jordanian power market, the energy management system and the insights of different ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme projects in the country.
The Master Strategy of the Energy Sector in Jordan has set a target of 1,800 MW, or 10 per cent of the country’s energy supply, to come from renewable sources by 2020. The Strategy calls for 600 MW of this new capacity to be provided by solar power.
The project [MED-SOLAR] is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. Its main objective is the promotion and the implementation of innovative technologies, as well as know-how transfer in the field of solar energy, its total budget is 3.021.590 Euros and it is financed, for an amount of 2.656.771 Euros, by the European Union through the European neighborhood and Partnership Instrument ENPI. The ENPI CBC Programme aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union and partner countries regions along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea
The Acting president of the National Center for Research and Development, Dr. Khaled Elshuraydeh; Mr. Mohamad Khair from the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme, Mohamad Khair, and Mr. Omar Abu Eid, from the EU Delegation to Jordan in Amman, were some of the spokespeople and institutions who participated in the event as well as international and local experts. All these representatives discussed the challenges and opportunities that solar energy represents for Jordan, taking into consideration its strategic importance as an abundant and sustainable energy source for the country.