Jordan, January 5, 2019
Jordan renames solar plant after UAE's founding father

$150m Quweira Solar Power Plant, funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, is renamed as Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Complex

The Government of Jordan has renamed the AED550 million ($150 million) Quweira Solar Power Plant, funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), as Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Complex.

The renaming is a tribute to the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of ADFD, said: “The UAE and Jordan enjoy historic bilateral relations. Today’s symbolic gesture to honour the memory of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as we mark the conclusion of the Year of Zayed in the UAE, is a true testament to the strength of these brotherly ties.'

He added: “ADFD is proud to be play an instrumental role in supporting the Jordanian government in achieving the country’s key developmental priorities. By contributing to development projects, we have enabled the creation of thousands of jobs, and driven growth in major socio-economic sectors.”

In line with the Jordanian government’s objective of generating 20 percent of energy from renewables by early-2020, the project involved the installation of 328,320 photovoltaic panels that will produce 227 GWh of solar power annually over a period of 20 years, enough to illuminate about 50,000 homes.

The plant also contributed to the creation of about 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and is set to provide 30 permanent jobs for its operation and maintenance.

Since 1974, ADFD has funded 31 development projects in Jordan valued at AED5.6 billion. These projects have spanned key sectors including mining, water and irrigation, transportation, housing, agriculture and energy, as well as education and healthcare.