Jordan to add 600 MW of new solar under partnership with Israel, UAE

Representatives of Israel, Jordan and the UAE sign an agreement to cooperate on renewable power projects. Image by Israel's Ministry of Energy.

November 23 (Renewables Now) - Jordan will build solar photovoltaic plants of 600 MW and export the generated green electricity to Israel as part of a cooperation agreement between the two countries and the United Arab Emirates.

Under the declaration of intent, signed by representatives of the three countries at Dubai Expo in a joint effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, Israel will supply up to 200 million cubic metres (52.83bn gallons) of desalinated water to Jordan which is the second most water-scarce country in the world, the Israeli Ministry of Energy said on Monday.

The collaboration builds on Jordan's potential for solar energy and storage as the country has a big territory and abundance of sunshine and on Israel's desalinisation capacities.

The partnership will help Israel achieve its target of generating 30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions in the energy sector by 2050.

Feasibility studies for the project are scheduled to start next year.

The agreement is a further step of cooperation between the three countries and follows the Abraham Accords -- a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE that was signed in 2020.

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