Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan attended the inauguration of a solar panel farm in New Azraq Municipality, which is aimed at generating clean electricity.
This project, financed by the Municipal Services and Social Adaptation Project and overseen by the Ministry of Local Administration and several donor organizations, has the capacity to produce approximately 500 kilowatts of electricity, sufficient to power municipal buildings, streets, and roads.
World Bank Resident Representative in Jordan, Holly Benner, and Project Manager Tawfiq Al Khawatrah were present at the opening of this six-dunnum solar project.
It is expected that the farm will fulfil about 55% of the municipality’s monthly energy requirements. This percentage may increase further when energy-efficient LED lighting is installed in streets, roads, and municipal facilities, as noted by Khawatrah.
Benner emphasized the commitment of the World Bank and donor nations to support various sectors in Jordan, particularly municipalities facing challenges related to the Syrian refugee crisis.
New Azraq Municipality Mayor, Yahya Zeinaldeen, stated that the project, costing $468,000, will significantly reduce the municipality’s energy expenses by JD120,000.