The first privately owned utility-scale Wind Farm to become operational under the Feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme in Jordan, the 86.1-megawatt (MW) Wind Farm consists of 41 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) across 850 hectares and is located near the village of Al Rajef in the Ma’an Governorate, approximately 200km south of Amman, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The development of the Al Rajef Wind Farm was initiated by Jordanian developer Green Watts International who identified the project’s strong fundamentals, prior to Alcazar Energy acquiring the project and taking over the development and seeing the project through financial close, construction and the achievement of commercial operations on time and within budget. Project financing was provided by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), PROPARCO and DEG with a total project investment of approximately USD 185 million.
The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) issued the Commercial Operation Date (COD) Certificate for the Al Rajef Wind Farm on the 30th of October 2018, which represents almost 15 percent of the contribution towards the National Wind Energy target of 600MW of generation capacity by 2020 as per the Master Strategy of Energy Sector in Jordan (2007-2020).
The fully operational project is expected to serve the average annual electricity needs of more than 53,000 households and save more than 163,000 tonnes of CO2 and 380,000m3 of water per year.
As part of its community development program, Alcazar Energy has developed a 100 kWp Solar PV Plant in the Al Rajef Municipality with an average energy output of 156,000 kWh of electricity per year used to supply the existing water pump that supplies water from a water-well to the Al Rajef Municipality Tank.
It serves water to approximately 180 users or farms for agricultural purposes.