The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ) has received proposals for its planned 50MW photovoltaic (PV) solar project, including one additional proposal with battery storage.

According to sources close to the scheme the bids received for the 50MW PV solar project were:

  • FRV/Abdul Latif Jameel (Spain/Saudi Arabia), 33JDfils per kilowatt hour (kWh) ($0.0465 per kWh)
  • First Solar (US)/Kawar energy (local), 40.6 JDfils per kWh ($0.0583 per kWh)
  • Neoen (France) JDfils41.4 per kWh ($0.0583 per kWh)

First Solar also submitted an alternative proposal with storage for $0.10 per kWh.

MEED reported in August last year that 16 groups had been prequalified to participate in the tender for the project.

Jordan is leading the drive for battery storage solutions for PV solar

If successful, the First Solar proposal with storage would mark the first large-scale utility project with battery storage in the Middle East. Amman is leading the region’s race to develop PV solar with battery storage, with the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) revealing it would accept proposals for battery storage solutions for photovoltaic (PV) solar and wind projects under the third round of its renewable energy programme, which was launched in January.