SolarPower Europe and Jordanian business association EDAMA sign cooperation agreement and launch joint report on decentralised solar in Jordan

Photo: Her Excellency Hala Zwati Energy Minister (centre), EDAMA Chairman Dr. Duried Mahasneh, with SolarPower Europe representatives Máté Heisz and Naomi Chevillard, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung representatives Franziska Wehinger and Hamzeh Bany Yasin and EDAMA representatives Bushra Hattab, Reem Almasri and Abdallah Alshamali.

At a workshop on decentralised solar in Jordan that took place in Amman, SolarPower Europe and the Jordanian business association EDAMA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and launched a new joint report, ‘Decentralised Solar in Jordan’, exploring the potential and socio-economic benefits of decentralised solar in Jordan. The report examines the barriers to small-scale solar and provides recommendations to help unleash decentralised solar.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe said: “Jordan is considered one of the top emerging markets for clean energy investment. Solar has been successfully deployed in Jordan over the last years, in particular utility-scale solar. Yet, Jordan has further potential for solar that remains untapped, that is small-scale solar systems installed on households, businesses, and public authorities. We are delighted to start this cooperation with EDAMA, to further exchange ideas and experience particularly related to decentralised solar and create more business opportunities for solar in both Europe and Jordan.”

Dr. Dureid Mahasneh, EDAMA Chairman of the Board, commented: “EDAMA believes that the prosperity of the green sector in Jordan during the current time requires vast efforts and a noticeable contribution from SMEs. SMEs have a great impact on nourishing businesses and supporting organisations in the sector, therefore, it will reflect on the small consumers as it will reduce the price greatly and contribute to a better environment.” Dr. Dureid Mahasneh added: “This strategic partnership comes as part of a series of partnerships initiated by EDAMA. The main goal behind it is to ensure an active exchange of expertise, and furthermore, to shed light on previous prosperous experiences around the world. We are delighted to have signed this MOU, SolarPower Europe is well known as a pioneer entity in this field. Not to mention that this partnership initiated the ‘Decentralised Solar in Jordan Streamlining Administrative Procedures to Maximise Socio-economic Benefits’ study. We aspire that it will contribute to the enhancement of business opportunities for both associations’ members”.

Franziska Wehinger, Regional Coordinator Climate & Energy Project at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung added: “Jordan has started its energy transition from a conventional energy system into a renewables-based system. Now, the questions remains how the transition will be designed. Together with EDAMA as one of the most important Jordanian stakeholders, as well as SolarPower Europe bringing experience from Europe, FES is suggesting a decentralised energy transition that will support the creation of small Jordanian businesses, will reduce electricity bills for poor communities and public entities and also help solve the challenges facing the electricity grid in Jordan.”

The workshop ‘Decentralised Solar in Jordan’ was supported by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the framework of the German-Jordanian Development Cooperation.

About EDAMA
EDAMA is a Jordanian business association that was founded in 2009. The word EDAMA was derived from the Arabic word, which means sustainability. We envision Jordan as the regional hub and successful model for green growth, furthermore, an NGO recognised for creating a thriving green economy. EDAMA empowers businesses to play a leadership role in transforming Jordan’s energy, water, and environment systems.

About Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest German political foundation. The Regional Climate and Energy Project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung MENA aims at combating climate change with partners in the MENA Region, advising on energy transitions, supporting urban sustainability and discussing climate justice.

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Kristina Thoring – Communications Director

T: +32 2 709 55 26

Email: k.thoring@solarpowereurope.org

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