Dead Sea Spa Hotel Co. relaunch the signed EPC contract for 2.1MW PV plant in Al Kharameh – Jordan Valley. ERES is the client representative.

Amman, Jordan: Mr. Umberto Albarosa, ERES’ CEO, is happy to announce that Dead Sea Spa Hotel Co. has reconfirmed to his Company the important role of client representative for supervising the construction of the site and ensuring that maximum quality is delivered to this new 2.1MW PV plant.

Dead Sea Spa Hotel Co. has also renovated the deal with the already selected EPC contractor for the construction; taking advantage of the PV regulations in Jordan, the new plant in Al Kharameh will house state-of-the-art single axis tracking structures and is designed to cover 100% of the Dead Sea Spa Hotel electrical needs.

The selected contractor, Kawar Energy will complete the construction in 6 months after taking over the site on the 22nd March 2018. Following connection to the EDCO network, the plant will produce 4500 MWh/Yr, an output that will allow the saving of 3850 TOE (Tons of Oil Equivalent).  In terms of lower carbon print, the PV Plant installation can be seen as the equivalent of planting a 160 Donums trees forest.  

This is an important step forward for the implementation of the 2.1 MW Dead Sea Spa Hotel Co. plant.

About ERES: ERES is an Energy Efficiency and PV consultant with expertise in design, design review, construction and project management. The expertise comes from highly trained, qualified, and professional engineers and managers who are committed to the highest level of excellence and quality. Formed as a joint-venture between Contects Engineering and ERES, the international unmatched market knowledge and implementation of the ERES team, has created foundation to be the premier Energy Efficiency consultant in the MENA region.

About Kawar Energy: Kawar Energy, an eco-friendly project developer, focused on bringing technologies, solutions and services of energy, water and environment projects that are clean, green and sustainable to help clients reduce and control effectively their long-term energy bill, carbon footprint and ecological impact in Jordan and the Middle East region with a positive socioeconomic affect.

A bold step – Marriott and Sheraton Hotels Connect to the Grid

ERES is happy to announce the connection to the grid of the Arab International Hotels (Marriott Amman), Business Tourism Company (Marriott Dead Sea and Petra), and Dawliyah for Hotels & Malls’ (Sheraton) 11.1MWp photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Jordan

The connection of the three plants (respectively 2.5MWp; 5MWp; 3,5MWp) took place successfully in December 2016 and January 2017.

The three plants are set to produce more than 25 Million kWh/yr, covering 100% of the electrical needs of the Hotels. Marriott and Sheraton, in Jordan, thus become the first five-star hotels in the world to be fully powered by solar energy.

In terms of a lower carbon footprint, the three PV Plant installations are set to save more than 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year and can be seen as the equivalent of planting a 800 donum (800,000 sqm) forest.

ERES was contracted as the consultancy company of the Arab International Hotels, Business Tourism Company, and Dawliyah for Hotels & Malls, being the Consultant, Technical Supervisor, Tendering and Contracting Manager, and the Owner’s Engineer for the 11.1MWp solar plants. ERES will remain alongside the Employer during the post-construction phase to ensure EPC guarantees through Performance Monitoring and to ensure an optimal O&M setup.

The Marriott Amman Hotel’s 2.6MWp PV plant is set for a 5.8 million kWh/yr production and is located on an 80 donum surface near Mwaqqar (25km south-east of Amman). At the same location, the Sheraton Hotel’s 3.5 MWp solar plant is connected. The Sheraton’s plant has an expected 8.3 million kWh/yr production and occupies a 110 donum surface.

The Marriott Dead Sea & Petra Hotel’s 5MWp PV plant has an expected yearly production of 11.2 million kWh and is built on a 170 donum parcel of land in the Karak district (Dhamikhi), 80km south of Amman.

With the objective of maximizing the electrical production, the PV Plants include state-of-the-art single axis tracking structures enabling a increased module efficiency of more than 20%.

Commenting on the connection to the grid, CEO of ERES Umberto Albarosa said: “The strategic vision of the Marriott & Sheraton Owners in Jordan and the passionate commitment of their management team were the key drivers for this first-of-its-kind power wheeling project in the Hashemite Kingdom. This leading project in the private sector reflects Jordan’s leading role in the transition to green energy in the Middle East region.”

About ERES:

ERES is an engineering company specialized in solar and energy efficiency with expertise in development, design, financial engineering, construction management and PV Plant operation. The Team is formed by highly trained, qualified, and professional managers and engineers committed to the highest level of excellence and quality, fully compliant with the most demanding requirements of the Jordan Engineering Association and the Jordanian Regulatory bodies. The unmatched solar market knowledge and implementation experience of E-RES, ERES has created the foundation to be the premier Energy Efficiency and Solar Consultant in the MENA Region.

Jordan, E-Res signed consultation & supervision contract with Dead Sea Spa Hotel

ERES Energy signed a consultation and supervision contract with DSSH on Aug 25th 2016. 

PH: Dead Sea Spa Hotel Jordan

PH: Dead Sea Spa Hotel Jordan

The DSSH hotel is pursuing a 2.1 MWp tracker system PV plant, taking advantage of the current Jordanian energy laws that allow clients to build a PV plant to cover their energy needs.  

The DSSH project is currently under the  phases of preparation and tendering. 

A verbal authorization had been sent to the Client and will be followed by an official letter.  

The tender documents were given to 6 different actors interested to participate to the tender (the deadline for receiving offers from all tender's participants was Oct 27th 2016). 

A project process presentation and a site visit was arranged and conducted on Oct 4th 2016.  

It is expected that an EPC contract will be signed after evaluation of the proposals by end of November.

Masdar signs PPA with Jordan’s NEPCO for 220MW solar plant

Masdar, a Abu Dhabi-based clean energy developer, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for its 200MW PV plant in Jordan with the Kingdom’s National Electric Power Company (NEPCO).

The large-scale solar farm will be the biggest single solar installation in the Hashemite Kingdom once completed, and will be owned and operated by the UAE company, connecting to Al Muwaqqar substation, near Amman.

Jordan’s energy Minister, Ibrahim Saif, has said that the PPA represents a “significant in Jordan’s energy security”, raising the Kingdom image on an international level as a key destination for utility-scale solar projects.

According to pv magazine, NEPCO has recently begun to process bidding offers for the first three tenders issued as part of its Green Corridor project, which aims at strengthening the capacity of the electricity transmission network in the south of Jordan.

The Green Corridor project is expected to play a fundamental role in the country’s aim to develop a renewable energy footprint, with wind and solar projects (the target is the installation of 800MW solar PV) being realised in the south to send energy northwards.

Masdar hopes to connect its 200MW solar far in the first months of 2018.

According to pv magazine, Masdar has not selected the EPC contractor yet, “but meetings with potential contractors took place in June and the EPC contract will be tendered.

“The feed-in tariff has not been revealed yet. However, for the government to justify the direct allocation, the tariff needs to be less than US$0.0613 per kWh, which is the lowest tariff allocated to a 50 MW PV farm in Jordan's second competitive tender run last year."




Jordan starts the Green Corridor tender

Jordan’s national electricity company (NEPCO) has initiated to process bidding offers from the first of three tenders on the building of the Green Corridor project.

The project – for which Jordan received loans by the European Investment Bank and the French government - aims to strengthen the capacity of the electricity transmission network in the south of the country.

The total cost of the Green Corridor is expected to be approximately US$160 million and to be operational by 2018.

NEPCO’s Managing Director, Abdel Fattah Al-Daradkeh, told the Jordan News Energy that the first tender concerns the supply and installation of the Ma'an electricity substation (400/132/33 kV) and the expansion of the Qatraneh and Airport substations.

The bids for the two other tenders, said Al-Daradkeh, will be received by the first week of November and awarded by mid December 2016.

The Green Corridor project is expected to play a fundamental role in the country’s aim to develop a renewable energy footprint, with wind and solar projects (the target is the installation of 800MW solar PV) being realised in the south to send energy northwards.

According to pv magazine, “given the country’s national demand for primary energy, the 600 MW PV target needs to be raised.

“This analysis was confirmed this week, when Yacoub Marar, head of solar energy at the renewable energy department in Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, told a solar asset management event that the national strategy of generating 10% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 translates in 800 MW of solar PV and 800 MW of wind capacity. So far, Jordan has a good record of achieving its PV goals, which makes it a model for renewable energy in the Middle East.”

Jordan’s Ahli Bank signs EPC contract for 1,5MW PV project: E-Res Energy is Consultant and construction’s Supervisor

1,5MW EPC contract between Ahli Bank and the Joint Venture of Phoenix Solar and Al Rokh.


Jordan Ahli Bank signed on September 27 an Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contract with the joint venture of Germany-based Phoenix Solar and Jordan-based Al-Rokh for its 1.5 megawatt solar project.

The 1.5 MW photovoltaic power plant will supply part of Ahli Bank’s energy needs. The project – among the first of its kind in the Jordanian banking sector at the moment – will follow “wheeling” regulations on renewable energies promoted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Jordan Ahli Bank contracted the consultancy company E-Res Energy to be the technical supervisor, manager of the supplier selection process, and the employer’s representative during the construction process of the 1.5 MW project.

Commenting on the project, Managing Director of E-Res Umberto Albarosa said: “The project reflects the will of Jordan Ahli Bank to lead the transition to green energy in Jordan with dedicated financial and technical solutions that provide full support for the installation of autonomous solar power plants for various industries, commercial activities, and the residential sector.”

Jordan Ahli Bank provides advisory and technical financial and non-financial solutions to invest in high-efficiency renewable energy and technological systems in order to reduce energy consumption. This is the first initiative of its kind in the banking sector in the Kingdom, and is directed at sparking the renewable energy sector in Jordan and encourages the residential sector, SMEs, and other businesses to adopt an efficient, sustainable approach to energy consumption. The initiative comes within the framework of the bank’s “After Sixty” strategy, through which it will continue to provide a variety of services and solutions to promote environmentally conscious action.

The management of Jordan Ahli Bank stated that they take pride in their participation in the field of development and economic sustainability, saying that “this is an area that is an integral part of our mission and a key factor in our strategy to encourage greater social responsibility. We work toward achieving this mission by actively participating in various areas of growth and continuing to compete under increasing challenges, especially in the field of energy. We endeavor to keep up with the latest industry trends, responding when required in order to help transform the Kingdom into a pioneer in the field of renewable energy."

The photovoltaic single-axis modules are expected to produce energy in an excess of 2200 kWh/kW per year. The plant is slated to be constructed in six months.


About E-Res Energy

E-Res Energy is a European company made up of international personnel. The company has extensive experience in renewable energy projects, extending across several European markets and in the Jordanian renewable energy sector.

E-Res has a total of 130 MW of renewable energy systems directly installed under its own supervision or developed as personal investment in Jordan, and the company works in line with its 100% Jordanian subsidiary, Madeenat al-Noor.

E-Res Energy offers a 360° advisory service in the solar energy sector, providing full support, including feasibility studies, design and planning, licensing and permitting, vendor selections, and tendering and contracting through a comprehensive process.

About Phoenix Solar

Phoenix Solar AG, with headquarters in Sulzemoos / Munich, Germany, is an international photovoltaic systems integrator. The Group develops, plans, builds and operates large-scale photovoltaic plants. The company has installed more than 1GW all over the world.

About Al-Rokh

100%   solar construction subsidiary of Millennium Energy industries (MEI). MEI is a Jordanian company, specialised in solar solutions, with over seven years experience, including EPC and O&M  for a 25MW thermal solar heating project in KSA.



PR: E-Res teams up with 3G|Contects in Joint Venture

Jordan- Press Release: The European firm "E-Res" and the American-Middle Eastern firm "3G|Contects" announce their affiliation and Joint Venture to fully and exclusively cooperate in providing the Middle Eastern market with state-of-the-art services and technologies in the Renewable Energy sector.


The Joint Venture offers diversified services for the implementation of the most advanced and cost-effective systems for Power Generation from renewable sources, with a key focus on solar energy.


The new JV integrates the management, scientific, technical, and economic knowledge, alongside with the innovative and passionate approach of both firms to create synergies in order to offer and perform first-class advisory services.


Both firms complement each other operationally and culturally with thorough understanding of the Middle Eastern market.

The geographical and climatic facts of the region together with an advanced, investment-oriented regulatory frame create a strong platform for the fast growth of the Renewable Energy sector in the region, and pave the way for a transformational change of the entire energy industry.


About E-Res Energy

E-Res Energy is an European Company formed by international personnel. The Company has a comprehensive competence in Renewable Energy Projects, matured across several European markets and in the Jordanian Renewable Energy sector.

E-Res has a total of 130MW of renewable energy systems directly installed under its own supervision or developed as own investment in Jordan, the company operates with its 100% Jordanian Subsidiary Madeenat al-Noor.

E-Res Energy offers a 360° advisory service in the solar energy sector, providing full support in relation to feasibility studies, design and planning, licensing and permitting, vendor selections, tendering and contracting through a comprehensive and rigorous process.


About 3G|Contects

3G and Contects provide Total Solutions in Architecture and Engineering (A/E Design), Supervision, and Project/Construction Management services for industrial, healthcare, educational, commercial, residential, institutional, and governmental projects.

3G and CON+TECTS are commonly owned, controlled, and operated as an affiliation of an American and 3-MENA region consulting firms. 

3G-UAE is based in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates, founded in 2007 with a branch office in Al-Ain.
3G-Jordan is based in Amman and was founded in 1993. 3G-KSA is based in Riyadh and was founded in 2013.

CON+TECTS, Inc. was founded in Ohio, USA in May 1993 and provided services to the US Federal Government as well as the private sector in the US with four offices in Akron, Cleveland, and Dayton, Ohio as well as St. Robert, Missouri. Currently, CON+TECTS is an Ohio company that focuses on supporting 3G operations in the MENA region.

Jordan: Shams Ma’an Plant now meets 1% of Jordan’s total power generation capacity

The 52,5MW Shams Ma’an solar plant – commissioned by US thin film solar manufacturer and project developer First Solar – now meets 1% of Jordan’s total power generation capacity, and its completion represents a new milestone in the Hashemite Kingdom’s plan towards a greater solar future.

The engineering and construction of the array, one of the largest installations in the region, was conducted using an almost entirely Jordanian workforce.

Jordan has been at the forefront of PV development in the MENA region over the past one year and a half and has recently launched Round 3 of its solar energy tender – offering between 400 to 800MW of PV capacity projects.

Shams Ma’an is part of Jordan’s plan to procure 10% of its power from renewable sources by 2020.

Dubai:Construction begins on largest solar rooftop array in the Middle East

DP World facilities in Dubai will have soon on their roofs a huge 22MW PV array.

The construction – started on October 7 – is being installed by Green Energy Tomorrow (the rooftop solar arm of Dubai-based Phanes Group) and, once completed, will be the largest solar rooftop system in the region.

Being installed at Dubai’s DP World, the project is one of the largest to be launched as part of the Shams Dubai programme by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The 22MW project – which will be constructed with approximately 88,000 solar modules -reflects UAE’s goal to reduce its carbon emissions, leading to a sustainable future for the country by 2021. As part of the project, the country has invited solar developers to be part in utility-scale solar tenders, the most recent of which saw three record breaking low bids for solar energy.


The installation is expected to be completed in 2017, with phase two and three to follow.

EVENT: Jordan, Solar O&M and Asset Management

Solar O&M and Asset Management MENA will provide the key industry platform to discuss and share best practice O&M and Asset Management strategies for MENA’s developing solar projects.

The conference will gather key developers, EPC contractors, O&M providers and investors to discuss O&M strategies for long-term energy savings, increased energy yield and optimized asset performance.

With 300MW of utility solar projects nearing completion in Jordan, the conference will address the key solar O&M requirements for the financial close and the upcoming operational phase. 100+ government representatives, ministries, solar O&M providers, EPC contractors, asset owners and utility providers will gather to discuss best practice solutions to key industry challenges, such as contractual agreements, component failures, the effect of climate on energy yield and the development of maintenance strategies.

Solar O&M and Asset Management MENA will provide the opportunity to hear updates from key industry stakeholders across the MENA region on strategies for meeting the rising demands for solar energy, new projects and timelines as well as providing the ideal platform for networking and knowledge exchange.

Date & Location: 17-18 October, Sheraton Amman, Al-Nabil Hotel, Amman -Jordan




Lebanon: plans to develop 12 new solar plants

The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), within the Ministry of Energy and Water, has invited companies to submit proposals to develop solar farms, manage them and sell electricity to Electricitè du Liban (EDL).

The chosen areas - Mount Lebanon, the North, the South, and Bekaa - are required to host between 30/45MW each of PV farms (for a total of at least 120MW). The power capacity for each one will be 10-15MW (requiring 12 solar farms).

The LCEC, according to its Director, Pierre Khoury, is working on draft power purchase agreements to allow the sale of power to EDL,once the solar farms will be completed.

The power purchase agreement with EDL will be for 20 years, based on yearly payments.

Applicants are accepted from companies or joint ventures. It is up to investors to secure the land and develop solar farms.





Saudi Electricity Co. seeks private investments for 5,400MW of projects

On Monday, Utility Saudi Electricity Co announced that its executive committee has invited private investors to create additional 5,400MW of projects.

The decision reflects Saudi Arabia's latest economic reform plans to save the government money by introducing public-private partnerships.

In June, Saudi Electricity Co said it was inviting expressions of interest from companies or consortiums around the world in building two solar power plants at Al-Jouf and Rafha in the north of the country.


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Jordan launches new information system for energy sector

The Jordanian Ministry of Mineral and Energy Resources (MEMR) has announced the launch of a new information system for the energy sector. 

The joint coalition (EDAMA Association, Jordan Green Building Council and Renewable Energy Establishment Society) supported by USAID ESCB finalized the Energy Service Providers Accreditation System that will be launched later this summer. 

The project, funded by the European Union, has been carried out by the Chinese company Beijing North Star and in cooperation with the Jordanian institutions working within the energy sector.

The system will be organised as such:

  • provision of general information on the energy and mineral resource sector (as shown in the website
  • data and information relating the work of the MEMR
  • archive

Currently the system contains statistical data and information on the energy sector up to five years ago. The new system will provide also maps and technical reports and data on the energy sector - with a specific focus on renewable energy and renewable energy projects in Jordan.

The accreditation system is a voluntary one and aims to enhance the performance and quality standards of renewable energy and energy efficiency service providers as well as protect consumers. The system was based on international standards (in cooperation with NAESCO) while catering for the characteristics and individuality of the local market. Members will be given priority in applying for the first accreditation cycle to be announced soon.

The first Energy Service Providers Forum will be organized by the coalition in September and will include discussion sessions as well as business networking. 

For more information, click here

ACWA Power and Masdar Group to seal 2GW Renewable Energy Deal with Egypt

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A 2 GW renewable energy deal is expected to be officially sealed between the Saudi ACWA Power, the Abu Dhabi-based Masdar group and Egypt in the coming days.

The large-scale renewable energy project will consist of  1.5 GW solar power and 500 MW wind energy capacity.

ACWA Power and Masdar – that earlier this year signed an agreement with the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company – will develop at first a 200MW solar PV power plant, according to officials of both companies.

The project lives in the framework of a major renewable energy plan of the Egyptian government, aiming at generating 20% electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

In relation to this, Egypt has also launched a feed-in tariff scheme to boost investments in the solar power sector. According to the government's plan, solar PV projects between 500 kW and 20 MW in size will receive 13.6¢/kWh, and projects between 20 MW and 50 MW will receive 14.34¢/kW, with contracts for a 25-year term.

Numerous developers have shown their willingness to set up renewable energy projects in Egypt. Terra Sola – a Bahrain-headquartered investor and developer for integrated solar power projects – has announced a $3.5 billion investment to set up about 2 GW of solar power capacity over the next few years.

The 2020 goal set by Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority consists of 12% from wind power and 8% from other clean technologies (both solar power and hydro power).


World Bank Group's MIGA supports 50MW of solar PV in Jordan

On June 24th, 2015 World Bank’s MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) – the political risk insurance and credit wing of the World Bank Group, announced its support for the development, construction, and operation of four solar photovoltaic projects in Jordan, adding 50MW to the country’s grid.

The project, seeing a MIGA’s investment of $ 15.6 million, is part of the largest private sector-led solar initiative in the Middle East and North Africa.


Jordan: Second Round Renewable Energy. The lowest price ever seen

Amman (Italian Jordanian Business Platform)- . A source close to pv magazine said four international companies have been selected under Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ second tender program to install 200 MW of solar PV. The tender, underway since 2013, included financial bids from 24 applicants (initial number of applicants were 33), ranging from US$0.0613 to $0.1327 per kWh, with the four lowest bids coming in at $0.0613, $0.0649, $0.0691 and $0.0767 per kWh, respectively.

Jordan’s first round of renewable energy auctions led to the procurement of 200 MW of PV capacity divided among 12 projects of various sizes. Of the successful projects, 11 received a tariff of $0.169 per kWh over 20 years, and one, the Shams Ma’an 52.5 MW project, received $0.148 per kWh, also over 20 years. 

The second tender round may have broken a world record, states Samer Zawaydeh, a Jordan-based freelance engineering consultant. "The lowest current international prices for electricity generated from solar PV systems range between $0.07 to $0.11 per KWh, depending on the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) at the projects’ location," he told pv magazine.

"I believe the bidders in the second round of tender in Jordan were able to submit such low bids factoring several assumptions. These should mainly relate to the increase in efficiencies and the reduction in PV technology prices by the time the projects are implemented about 20 to 30 months from now. This is the time required for the full development of technical, environmental, social and health impact studies following the financial loans approvals," Zawaydeh added. 

Detailed project proposals from all 33 bidders were required, including the proposed location with coordinates, proof of contact with the relevant transmission or distribution grid company confirming grid connection capacity, and the bidder’s ability to raise at least $10 million in debt and equity financing. 

SunRise PV Systems has announced it has been selected under the second bidding round. It plans to build its PV project near Al Mafraq, about 90 km North of Amman. "According to the tender schedule a PPA will be signed during the next months. Construction will follow shortly," said the company in a statement released. The industry is waiting for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to officially unveil the other successful bidders. All four will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement with the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO). 

Jordan’s PV enjoys grid parity

The PV industry is slowly beginning to establish itself in the Arab kingdom. Indeed, while Jordan disappointed many in the industry a few months ago when its energy ministry announced the cancellation of the third tender round, there is optimism that grid parity has been reached in the country.

Engineering consultant Zawaydeh additionally believes a third tender round will be announced shortly, for another 200 MW of PV projects. "I expect Jordan to take advantage of the reduced prices of PV technology and to start, in the next few years, implementing hybrid systems combining renewable energy and fossil fuels based technologies," he added.  

Bidding for the Quweira PV plant

Many are also waiting to find out the winner of the Quweira PV plant, the deadline for bid submissions of which was on December 18. The energy ministry has said it will select the successful bidder in July. The site for the plant in the southern part of the country is secured, according to the ministry, which adds that installed capacity will be between 65 to 75 MW. 

The official list of 15 prequalified bidders is published here

More PV arrivals: The Azrak plant

Last week, Ennera, a renewable energy company headquartered in Spain, announced the grid connection of the last phase of its Azrak PV farm. The Azrak farm is Jordan’s flagship PV project.  The country’s first utility scale PV plant, it consists of two separate projects worth 2 MW and 3 MW, respectively, located in the province of Zarqa in central-eastern Jordan. It was constructed by the Spanish firm with funds from a bilateral Spanish-Jordan debt swap mechanism and is now owned by the Jordanian Government.