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Jordan Announces Reforestation Climate Change Campaign (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-03-17
The Jordan Environment Ministry is touting a plan to plant 10 million trees over 10 years as part of the kingdom's effort to fight climate change. The programme focuses on eucalyptus, jujube and carob and other species that after the initial phase of taking root, can survive without a lot of additional water.

Although forests make up only one pct of the Indiana-size desert kingdom's territory, Jordan has an estimated 23 million orchard trees and the country's nurseries produce 2.5 million forest trees and 500,000 fruit trees per year. (Source: Jordan Environment Ministry, todayonline, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Jordan Environment Ministry, +96265560113,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jordan,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  

45 MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l.)
Alcazar Energy, Hecate Energy
Date: 2020-11-23
In Jordan , Vestas was contracted to construct the project which included the installation of 13 V136-3.45 MW wind turbines and O&M services near the village of Al Shobak, Ma'an Governorate, Jordan. The wind farm is jointly financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Europe Arab Bank.

With this project, Alcazar Energy now has seven operational wind and solar assets across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey region. Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy is a renewables and storage developer focused on North America and other selected markets. (Source: Alcazar Energy, PR, reve, 23 Nov., 2020) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +971 (0) 4 55 87 805,,; Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Alcazar Energy,  Hecate Energy,  

Clenera Signs RES for Iowa Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-10-30
Boise, Idaho-headquartered privately-held renewable energy company Clenera reports the selection of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) as its EPC partner for the 127.5 MW Wapello Solar Project in Iowa.

When online, the 800-acre Wapello Solar farm will generate sufficient power for 45,000 households. Central Iowa Power Cooperative will purchase all of the Wapello Solar project's output.

Clenera acquires, develops, builds and manages utility-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities throughout the U.S. The company's current operating portfolio exceeds 1.3GW with more than 14GW of solar and storage assets in development. (Source: Clenera, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: CIPCO, Bill Cherrier, CEO,; RES Group, Tim Jordan, Senior VP of Solar Construction,; Clenera,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Clenera,  Renewable Energy Systems,  

Circle Power Selected for Mich. Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
Circle Power
Date: 2020-09-30
In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports Circle Power of Royal Oak has been awarded a five-year land lease agreement with to develop large-scale solar arrays on two former mine sites in Dickinson County.

Groveland, in Norway and Felch townships, is a former 347-acre iron mine tailings and the other 169-acre site was previously used for sand and gravel mining. A project construction start or project commission date has not been released. (Source: Michigan DNR, PR, Daily News, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: Michigan DNR, Dan Eichinger, Dir.,; Circle Power, Jordan Roberts, Managing Dir., (248) 838-0767. (248) 838-0767,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan DNR,  Solar,  Circle Power,  

$5bn Green Hydrogen Facility Slated for Saudi Arabia (Int'l. Report)
Air Products,Neom, ACWA
Date: 2020-07-08
US-based Air Products is reporting a $5 billion agreement with the world's largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power and Neom to construct the world's largest green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in the kingdom's planned $500 billion futuristic city straddling the Saudi borders with Egypt, Palestine and Jordan.

Air Products will hold the majority stake in the jointly owned and operated project that will produce green hydrogen through renewables-powered electrolysis, which will be used in the production of ammonia for export to global markets. Hydrogen has applications as a cleaner, alternative transportation fuel and other applications. Saudi Arabia is targeting the addition of 60 gigawatts of clean energy to the grid by 2030. (Source: Air Products, Neom, N Business, 8 July, 2020) Contact: ACWA Power,; Air Products,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Products,  ACWA Power,  NEOM ,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  

SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-06-22
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200,; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  

Jordan Among MENA Region Leading Wind Power Producers (Int'l.)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-02-26
In its annual report, the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) ranked third after Egypt and Morocco in the MENA -- Middle East and North Africa -- region in terms of wind energy production during the year 2019.

Jordan's total wind energy production amounted to 190 MW of the MENA countries 262 MW total wind power production capacity.

The report notes that the MENA countries of the installed a total of 894 MW of wind energy in 2019, down 7 pct compared to 2018, during which 962 MW was installed. Total installed wind farm capacity in the MENA region is now over 6 GW. In Jordan, there are currently five operational wind power plants.(Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, reve, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council,  Wind,  

Jordan Growing Renewable Energy Sector Power Production (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-01-27
IRENA is reporting the Kingdom of Jordan's investments in the renewable energy sector have reached more than $5 billion, placing the country of 10.4 million inhabitants among leading countries in providing a legislative environment and attracting investment in the sector.

According to the report, "2014 witnessed the kingdom's serious development of the solar and wind energy projects supplying clean energy to the national grid with a total capacity of approximately 1,500 megawatts, which account for some 20 pct of total electricity generated." (Source: IRENA, Jordan Weekly, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Jordan,  Renewable Energy,  

Yellow Door Selected for APICORP HQ Solar Installation (Int'l.)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2020-01-22
The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a Saudi multilateral development bank, is reporting a contract with Dubai-based solar energy and energy efficiency specialist Yellow Door Energy (YDE) for the installation of rooftop solar panels at its headquarters in Dammam.

The solar installation is expected to generate up to 718 MWh of power and cut energy consumption by 35 pct when completed later this year.

YDE is reported to have more than 100 MW of solar assets under development in the UAE, Jordan, Pakistan and Egypt. (Source: APICORP, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: APICORP,; Yellow Door Energy, +971 4 454 3033,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation ,  Solar,  Yellow Door Energy,  

Siemens Subsidiary Wins Jordanian 80MW Wnd Deal (Int'l Report)
Jordan,Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-11-25
Madrid-based Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), through its wind engineering subsidiary reports the signing of a 10-year power supply agreement with the Kingdom of Jordan's Al Samra Power Company to operate and maintain an 80 MW wind power plant in the Ma'an wind farm, a $148 million projects backed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

In 2018, Jordan integrated roughly 771 MW of wind and solar power capacity into its grid as part of its plan to increase its renewable capacity to 2.7 GW by 2021. The country of approximately 9.9 million residents imports roughly 95 pct of it energy. (Source: Petra News, N Business, 24 Nov., 2019) Contact: Al Samra Power Company, +962 6 550 6510,; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

EIB Supports Jordanian Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l. Report)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-10-21
In the capital city of Amman, Jordan is reporting receipt of a $50 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) under a deal penned by the Jordanian Cities and Villages Development Bank (CVDB).

The funds will be to support sustainable development, renewable energy and energy efficiency infrastructure in roughly 100 municipalities in the Kingdom. (Source: MENAFN, EIB, 19 Oct., 2019) Contact: EIB,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

Two 210-MW Michigan Wind Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
Amber Infrastructure,Circle Power
Date: 2019-09-25
Hunt Companies affiliate Amber Infrastructure and Royal Oak Michigan-based Circle Power report they are partnering on the development of two, 20MW wind farms incorporating four turbines each in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. The projects are expected to be operational in late 2021. (Source: Amber Infrastructure, Circle Power, renews, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Amber Infrastructure, Tom O'Shaughnessy, +44 20 7939 0550,; Circle Power, Jordan Roberts,; Hunt Companies,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Circle Power,  

Capitalizing on Carbon Included at Ace Conf. (Events & Conferences)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2019-07-01
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) reports its annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska, August 14-16, will feature a discussion on how the ethanol industry can benefit from the emerging carbon economy and the new opportunities during the Capitalizing on Carbon general session panel on August 15.

This timely discussion will be moderated by ACE CEO Brian Jennings, and includes Pam Miller, ACE board chair and director of industry and investor relations for Siouxland Ethanol LLC; Ron Alverson, ACE board chair and director of Dakota Ethanol; and Brendan Jordan, VP of transportation and fuels at the Great Plains Institute.

Conference details HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, June, 2019) Contact: ACE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  

Jordanian Fund Supports Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
Date: 2019-05-29
Reporting fro Amman, the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is reporting the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) has implemented projects worth JD50 million ($70,5 million) to mainstream renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Kingdom.

The funded projects covered a number of sectors including domestic, industrial, agricultural, tourism, places of worship and schools. Around 128 schools were funded for energy saving projects including heating upgrades, insulation, energy-saving lighting systems (LED bulbs), cooling, solar panels, general maintenance and others.

The fund also provided 50 pct of the cost of installing 22,000 solar water heaters for citizens, and offered a full grant for solar water heaters and LED bulbs and installations in 3,500 homes of poor families and royal grant housing units. The fund also installed 1,600 residential electric power generation systems, solar cells in 483 religous shrines, distributed some 50,000 LED bulbs with plans to distribute an additional 250,000 bulbs through electricity companies. (Source: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ammon, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, +962 6 580 3060,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  

NREL High on U.S. Floating Solar Potential (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-01-07
According to Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S., a recent study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), floating pv solar (FPV) projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10 pct of the nation's annual electricity production and, at the same time, reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares. (Source: NREL, PV Tech, Jan., 2018) Contact: NREL, Jordan Macknick, Research Team Leader,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  

Alcazar's 86.1MW Jordanian Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l Report)
Alcazar Energy,EBRD
Date: 2018-11-28
Further to our March 3o coverage, Alcazar Energy, an independent renewable energy producer is reporting the completion and start of commercial operation of the Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan.

The plant includes a substation and 41 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines with a total combined capacity of 86.1MW.

The $185 million project, which was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Proparco and DEG, is in line with Jordan's renewable energy targets and could save more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2 and 380,000 cbm of water per year. Alcazar Energy will oversee and manage the wind farm operation and maintenance (O&M) through O&M contractors Elecnor/Siemens Gamesa. (Source: Alcazar Energy, ME Construction News, 26 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alcazar Energy, Daniel Calderon, CEO, +962 6 461 4005,; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alcazar Energy,  Wind,  EBRD,  

Jordanian Wind Farm Finds $71Mn Financing (Int'l)
International Finance Corporation
Date: 2018-11-09
The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports approval of a$71 million financing package for the construction of a new 51-MW wind power plant in Tafileh, southwest of Amman, Jordan.

The $103 million project is being developed by KOSPO and Daelim Energy, both of Korea.

IFC is providing a $10 million loan for its own account and also acted as lead arranger, mobilizing parallel loans of $26 million from Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Programme, $27.7 million from the Standard Chartered Bank and $8 million from Korea's Shinhan Bank. The IFC also structured an equity bridge loan of $26 million. (Source: International Finance Corporation, Daehan Wind Power Company, Jordan Times, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: IFC, (202) 473-1000,; Daehan Wind Power Company,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  International Finance Corporation ,  

JA Solar Supplies PERC Modules for Aramex Solar Project (Int'l)
JA Solar,IMG Solar,
Date: 2018-08-27
In Beijing, solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports it has delivered 3.2MW of mono passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) modules for a solar project in Dubai Logistics City, e regional transportation hub.

The project, which is reportedly the largest single-rooftop solar project in the MENA region, is constructed on a turnkey basis by Jordan's IMG Solar and is expected to generate 5,000,000 kWh of electricity per year. (Source: JA Solar, ME Construction News, 26 Aug., 2018) Contact: JA Solar Holdings,;IMG Solar IMG Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News JA Solar,  Solar,  

ACE Touts Low Carbon Corn Ethanol Benefits (Ind. Report)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-20
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is reporting the release of its White Paper -- The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted, in part, to drive innovation and production of low carbon biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and as a result the program has replaced 10 pct of petroleum in the U.S. transportation fleet with carbon-friendly fuel. However, the EPA has yet to update its original corn ethanol GHG assessments of a decade ago to reflect today's significant GHG reduction benefits, the report says.

"The ACE White Paper makes a compelling case that lifecycle GHG modeling must reflect the latest science if low carbon fuel programs are to achieve their desired results. The Great Plains Institute agrees there is a huge opportunity for existing corn ethanol plants to lower their carbon footprint through innovative technology and updated lifecycle modeling," said Brendan Jordan, VP of the Great Plains Institute.

Download the full The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol White Paper HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanoll, Aug., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381,; Great Plains Institute, (512) 278-7150,

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethano,  ,  

Scatec, Equinor Ink 117MW Argentinian Solar Agreement (Int'l)
Martifer Renewables
Date: 2018-06-20
In Norway, Oslo-headquartered Scatec Solar reports it has in a 50/50 JV with Equinor inked an agreement with the Lisbon, Portugal-based company Martifer Renewables for the acquisition of the 117 MW PV project Guanizuil IIA located in the Province of San Juan in the northwest of Argentina.

The project is expected to produce about 308,000 MWh of electricity per year and has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CAMMESA.

Construction is expected later in 2018 for commercial operation by the end of 2019.

Argentina is targeting 20 pct of its power generation to be from renewable sources by 2025, and estimates that 10 GW of additional renewable capacity is needed.

Scatec Solar will on a 50/50 joint venture basis together with Equinor build, own and operate the power plant at an estimated cost of $95 million.

Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer that develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants and has an installation track record of 1,000 MW. The company holds 322 MW of solar power plants in the Czech Republic, South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras and Jordan and has 1,092 MW under construction. With an established global presence and a significant project pipeline, the company is targeting a capacity of 3.5 GW in operation and under construction by end of 2021. (Source: Scatec Solar, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen, CEO +47 976 99 144,; Martifer Renewables,; Equinor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Martifer,  Equinor,  Scatec Solar,  Solar,  

UAE, Saudis Lead MENA Renewable Energy Sector (Int'l Report)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-05-21
According the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), an energy sector development bank, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa's (MENA) renewable energy market, where the demand for power is expected to increase by 6.4 pct annually until 2022.

APICORP notes that MENA's major energy-importing companies are working to improve renewable energy legislation and infrastructure, while most exporting countries have "done little to incorporate renewables."

According to APICORP large oil and gas reserves and cheap extraction costs mean that hydrocarbons continue to meet rising demand in countries like Kuwait and Algeria. Legislative factors such as "policy uncertainty" and the lack of an efficient and supportive regulatory framework, are also contributing factors to the slow uptake of renewable energy. Even so, the UAE and Dubai are "on trackā€ with their renewable energy targets and the introduction of competitive bidding, feed in tariffs (FiTs), tax exemptions, and power-purchase agreements (PPAs) to encourage renewable energy projects.

The MENA countries typically include: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Ethiopia and Sudan are sometimes included. (Source: APICORP, Construction Week, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  MENA,  

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