Jordan studies power grid expansion amid plans for 50% renewables by 2030
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April 5 (Renewables Now) - Jordan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources today initiated a study for the development and expansion of the national power grid to make it capable of absorbing more green electricity as the country plans to double the share of renewables to 50% by the end of the decade.
The study will be implemented by Belgian electricity system operator Elia and funded by Germany as part of a German-Jordanian energy partnership, Jordan News Agency (Petra) said.
The power grid needs to be expanded in order to enable the exploitation of more renewable energy, reduce electricity losses and find suitable energy storage solutions, energy minister Saleh Al-Kharabsheh was cited by Petra as saying.
Renewable energy now accounts for about 25% of electricity generation in Jordan and the target is to reach 50% by 2030, Al-Kharabsheh said. The project plays a key role in advancing the kingdom's economy as it would attract more investments and create jobs.
The minister noted that Jordan has huge resources for green energy due to its location and the number of sunny days as well as the expertise it has in the area. These factors will enable the country to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix, according to him.
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