First Solar Signs EPC Contract For 52.5 MW PV Plant In Jordan


First Solar Inc. has signed an agreement to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma'an photovoltaic power plant in the Kingdom of Jordan.

The plant will be built with First Solar's thin-film PV modules and trackers. The company has also finalized a long-term operations and maintenance contract for the project.

First Solar co-developed the project with Jordan's Kawar Group and subsequently sold its stake to a consortium of investors consisting of Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe Ltd., Qatar-based Nebras Power Q.S.C., and the Kawar Group.

Upon its scheduled completion in 2016, the facility is expected to supply an estimated 160 million kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to approximately 1% of Jordan's annual energy output. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the National Electric Power Co.

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