The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has successfully completed the initial phase of a JD500,000 initiative aimed at installing and operating 570-kilowatt solar cell systems in municipal buildings across 30 municipalities throughout the country.
According to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh, the Renewable Energy Fund of the ministry is overseeing this program’s implementation in all 100 municipalities within the Kingdom, with a total budget of JD2.6 million.
The primary objective is to empower these municipalities to enhance their services and reduce electricity expenses for their main structures, ultimately advancing sustainability through clean energy utilization.
Kharabsheh emphasized that this program will lead to reduced municipal expenditures, enabling them to allocate surplus funds toward improving citizen services. He highlighted the significance of the partnerships forged by the ministry with international donors via the Renewable Energy Fund, with this particular project benefiting from a grant from the Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security in collaboration with the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund.
Rasmi Hamza, Director of the Renewable Energy Fund, disclosed that preparations are already underway for the second phase of the initiative. This phase will involve the installation of 3.6-megawatt solar cell systems for 70 municipalities, encompassing 150-180 sub-buildings owned by these municipalities. This expansion is expected to result in approximately JD2 million in savings and a reduction of 2,575 tons of carbon emissions annually.