A 12 MW solar power plant has come online this week in Jordan.

The PV plant in Al Madunah is said to be the country’s largest grid-connected solar plant and sits on a 25-ha site.

The output from its ground-mounted single-axis tracker system is expected to cover the power needs of the Royal Court, the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management and 21 governmental and care centres, including orphanages and care centres for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Awwad Hijazi, director of the Royal Engineering Administration at the Royal Court, said the project was carried out under the supervision of the administration in co-operation with Amman-based solar firm Spectrum.

The project was completed in six months. A first 5.6 MW phase was commissioned in 2015.

Royal Court Secretary General Yousef Issawi called the project “a “national achievement which reflects the determination of Jordanians for development”. 

Jordan has targeted the installation of 1600 MW of solar and wind power capacity by 2020.