Jordan was ranked number one in the Arab World with regard to the installed capacity for renewable energy sources. This amounted to 27%, of the total amount of electrical energy produced in the Kingdom. It also ranked third in terms of the amount of electricity generated, behind Egypt and Morocco.
Official data shows that the Jordanian renewable energy sector has experienced a quantum jump. Renewable energy will now account for 27% of all electrical energy produced in the Kingdom by the year 2022, up from 1% in 2014.
Jordan has generated about 6.2 Terawatt Hours of electricity from renewable energy projects. The country is aiming to produce about 50% of its electrical energy by 2030. It also wants to make Jordan a regional hub for green energy production. This will take advantage of Jordan’s central location in the Middle East and Africa region and the abundance of renewable sources.
Jordan has taken an ambitious step in the implementation of electrical interconnection between countries from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, with the goal of providing green energy to Europe.
The Jordanian Ministry of Energy led a series of Jordanian and European meetings to support the project. Jordanian assurances included that the project would achieve integration between countries associated by providing energy from renewable sources at low cost, as well as supplying green hydrogen to the countries of the northern Mediterranean.
Renewable energy sources help these countries achieve their commitments to reduce carbon emissions in order to preserve our environment and reduce the impact greenhouse gases have on climate change.
Jordan is preparing for this next step by transforming the national electricity grid to a smart grid and finding storage solutions that will absorb the qualitative leap made in the renewable energy field.
Jordan is working to become a regional leader in the production of green power. It has developed a national strategy that will study the possibility of working with hydrogen energy.
The Jordanian Government provides subsidies of up to 30% of the cost for electricity generation systems that are intended for households and gives these systems to families in need.
The government has also implemented a program that provides 160 government schools, and 600 buildings, with solar energy generation systems.
Jordan, which has limited energy resources, is trying to increase its sources in order to reduce the burden of oil bills, which, according to Department of Statistics data, for the first 10 months of 2022, amounted to USD 4.2 billion.