Project Update: Al Safawi Solar PV Project

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Construction works on Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Project on track for commissioning during Q1 2019

Al Safawi, Jordan – August 2018: Construction works on the Al Safawi 66 MWp Solar PV Plant developed by MASE affiliate ATC are on track for commissioning during the first half of 2019.  Construction on the project, which is located within the Al Safawi village in Mafraq, Jordan began early this year immediately after achieving the Financial Close milestone.

As of the time of this update’s release, most of the major project equipment has arrived on site.  Installation of the single-axis tracking support structure has also begun with significant progress.

The Project is considered one of the highest-profile investments in the Al Safawi region.  The project Sponsor, Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, has placed a particular importance on the social and economical impact of the Project during construction, resulting in the training and subsequent employment of over 50 residents of the neighboring Al Safawi region.  The Project has also implemented several community-based initiatives.


About the Al Safawi Solar PV Project

The Al Safawi Arabia Two Solar PV Plant, with a capacity of 51 MW (66 MWp), is part of Jordan’s second round Renewable Energy IPP Program.  The project, which was awarded as a result of a record-breaking competitive bidding process, is being co-developed in partnership with a leading international solar development firm. Construction on the project commenced in Q1 2018, with the plant scheduled to be operational by 2019. ATC, MASE’s affiliate development entity which will hold the equity stake in the Al Safawi project, is the only developer to be successfully involved in both rounds of Jordan’s Renewable Energy IPP Program, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One Solar PV Plant as part of the first round. MASE will provide comprehensive operations & maintenance to the project under a banked O&M contract.

PV Magazine: Financing for 51 MW PV Plant in Jordan Secured


EBRD extending loan to finance 51 MW solar PV plant in Jordan

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced this week that is extending a $65 million loan to finance a 51 MW solar PV plant in Jordan. The loan is split equally between the EBRD and the Dutch development bank (FMO).

The 51 MW project is located in the Al-Safawi area, Northern Jordan, and is the fourth of the second solar tender that Jordan ran in 2015. All four projects of this tender are about 50 MW each.

Jordan’s first solar tender had also auctioned 200 MW of PV capacity, dispersed among 12 projects that are fully operational today.

A third solar PV tender was initiated by Jordan’s Government in December 2016 also concerning another 200 MW of capacity and the applications are still under review.

The 51 MW project funded by the EBRD and the FMO is developed by Al-Safawi for Green Energy PSC, a Jordanian company that is 70% owned by Spain’s Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and 30% by Jordans’ Arabia Trading and Consulting Company.

Mohanned Khalifeh, CEO of the Arabia Trading and Consulting Group, said that “as the only local developer to be successfully involved in this second round of the solar programme, we endeavour to amplify our commitment through the capacity building of local Jordanian talent across all project phases.”

All four projects of the second solar tender are now under construction.

Venture Magazine: ATC Secures Financing for Solar Project, MASE to Operate & Maintain


ATC Secures Financing for 66.69 MWp Solar PV Project

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Arabia Trading & Consulting (ATC – an Arabia Group company), a leading Jordanian utility-scale solar developer, has announced it has reached financial close for its second solar project in Jordan, further cementing its commitment towards supporting Jordan’s renewable energy ambitions and expanding its investments in IPP solar assets.

Financial close has been achieved on a $65 million loan divided equally between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO). The loan will be provided to Al Safawi for Green Energy PSC, an SPV representing the consortium of ATC and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), to finance the Al Safawi 51 MW (66.69 MWp) Solar PV Plant.

The Al Safawi Solar PV Plant is ATC’s second solar project in Jordan, having previously developed the currently operational Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant in Ma’an as part of Round 1. By achieving this milestone, ATC remains the only developer to be successfully involved in each of Jordan’s renewable energy IPP programs and is the only local developer in Round 2. ATC’s affiliate MASE will be providing turnkey operations and maintenance services to the 66.69 MWp solar plant.

The project will incorporate single-axis tracking technology that will optimize its performance, with more than 200,000 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels that will generate enough electricity to supply more than 40,000 Jordanian homes. The project is expected to generate over 100 jobs during its construction and permanent jobs once the operation is started.

Mohanned Khalifeh, Arabia Group CEO, emphasised the importance of local developers in advancing Jordan’s dynamic shift towards clean and sustainable energy: “The Al-Safawi project further cements ATC’s commitment towards supporting Jordan’s renewable energy ambitions. The project, which was originated by ATC, is our second solar development in Jordan. As the only local developer to be successfully involved in this second round of solar programme, we endeavour to amplify our commitment through the capacity building of local Jordanian talent across all project phases. This project would not have achieved this important milestone without the unwavering support of the relevant public entities including the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the National Electricity Production Company (NEPCO).”

Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD Director for Power and Energy, said: “This project is the third financed by EBRD under Jordan’s second round of its solar energy program, bringing the total installed capacity of power projects supported by EBRD in Jordan to more than 1,000 MW AC. We are pleased to continue our successful cooperation with FMO and FRV, and delighted to support FRV and ATC in this fruitful collaboration.”

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of FRV highlighted the social impact of the project: “Al Safawi’s project shows once again the commitment of the Jordanian government to implement its energy strategy and meet established renewable targets. With this being our latest project in Jordan, FRV is contributing to Jordan’s sustainable development with the generation of clean and affordable energy in the country.”


MASE Awarded O&M Contract for 66.69 MWp Solar PV Project


MASE to operate and maintain one of region’s largest solar plants 

Amman, Jordan – 18 September 2017:  MASE, a regional solar O&M and Asset Management firm, has signed the contract for the turn-key operations and maintenance of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant with an installed capacity of 66.69 MWp.  The project, which has recently achieved financial close, is developed by a consortium consisting of Arabia Trading & Consulting (ATC), a leading Jordanian solar developer, and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer.  The project is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO).

With an installed capacity of 66.69 MWp, the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant will be constructed in Safawi, a region north of Jordan.  The facility will incorporate single-axis tracking technology and more than 200,000 monocrystalline photovoltaic panels.  In addition to its existing bankable operations and maintenance framework, MASE intends to utilize the most progressive technology to perform its activities, including cutting-edge cleaning robots and drone-supported diagnostic equipment.

Tareq Khalifeh, MASE’s Director of Operations, said: “Because of its location and complexity, the addition of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant capacity to our asset portfolio will greatly enhance the operational diversity of our operations and maintenance activities.  We are also proud to have been vetted and approved by top-rated developers and leading financial institutions such as EBRD and FMO, serving as testament to the bankability and competitiveness of our solar O&M value proposition.  The MASE team is looking forward to operating the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant and working with the local community in Safawi and the surrounding region to enhance the social impact of our forthcoming activities through a tailored training and employment program as part of our MASE Advancing Solar CSR Initiative launched earlier this year.  We also thank the project sponsors for the trust they have placed in our capabilities and their commitment towards involving local companies in the development of Jordan’s solar energy sector.”

With the addition of the Al Safawi Solar PV Plant capacity, MASE’s utility-scale solar assets under management will exceed 80 MWp of project-financed installed capacity.

About MASE

MASE was established by the Arabia Group of Companies, to lead clean energy development in Jordan and the MENA+GCC region.  Specializing in turnkey operation, maintenance and management of retail and utility-scale solar facilities, MASE is an award-winning solar O&M and Asset Management firm.  In total the firm has a portfolio of over 80 MWp of installed or projected plants under asset care.  MASE’s activities have received several awards and recognitions from the Middle East Solar Industries Association (MESIA) and the Intersolar Middle East seminar.

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Arabia One Solar PV Plant Officially Inaugurated

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Arabia One Solar PV Plant officially inaugurated under Royal patronage

Ma’an, Jordan – May 2017: MASE is pleased to announce the official inauguration of its flagship solar PV facility — the Arabia One 11.5 MW Solar PV Plant — under the Royal patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein.  The grand ceremony, which was organized by the EDAMA Association, took place within the premises of the Ma’an Development Area (MDA) Solar Park I and comprised the official inauguration of the twelve Round I solar PV projects.

Separate in-person briefings by each of the project developers were given to His Majesty during the 30-minute ceremony.  The briefing provided by the Arabia One team focused on the constructive outcomes of the Arabia One development, including local job creation, skill development and most importantly the conception of bankable local project developers, asset managers and plant operators.  The Arabia One team also elaborated on the continuing activities of Arabia One’s local developer ATC, the only developer to have been successful in both Round I and Round II of the direct proposal program and currently developing the Safawi 50 MW solar PV project in northern Jordan, expected to achieve commercial operation by mid-2018.

About the Arabia One Solar PV Plant

Located in the Ma’an Development Area, the Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant is part of Jordan’s first round Renewable Energy IPP Program, which comprises a total PV capacity of 200 MW and is the first program of its kind in the MENA + GCC region.  Through its group-level equity stake in the Arabia One plant, ATC has led the development of this industry-leading project in partnership with international solar companies and obtained top-tier financing from global development finance institutions such as the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and Finland’s Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation.

The Arabia One project has been one of the most progressed out of all utility-scale solar projects in Jordan and the MENA + GCC region as a whole.

MASE, along with its O&M partner Alectris, is responsible for managing, operating and maintaining the Arabia One 11.52 MWp Solar PV Plant through a comprehensive and bankable O&M and Asset Management Contract. MASE has been approved as an O&M vendor by the Project’s sponsors, which include international solar companies and global investment firms, and its lenders, including the World Bank’s IFC and FinnFund. MASE currently carries out preventive, corrective and conditional maintenance activities on the Plant, as well as operations and asset management services comprising periodical reporting, real-time monitoring, forecasting and maintenance service management.

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MASE Completes EMRC Licensing with Class A Grading


MASE receives Class A ESP licensing from the EMRC 

Amman, Jordan – 02 March 2017: MASE is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its Energy Service Provider (ESP) licensing application, receiving the highest-category Class A license issued by Jordan’s Energy & Mineral’s Regulatory Commission (EMRC). The Class A category is the highest of the three-tiered EMRC licensing program and is awarded following a comprehensive evaluation of references, modus-operandi, company structure, financial capability and team qualifications.

As a Class A licensed firm, MASE is accredited to design, implement, commission and operate solar PV projects with no limitation on the installed capacity, whereas lower-grade licenses (Class B and Class C) place a cap on the project size (1 MWp and 100 kWp respectively).


About the License

EMRC’s ESP licensing program launched in 2016 as an effort to regulate Jordan’s quickly-expanding solar energy sector by accrediting and categorizing downstream service providers (solar engineers, designers, installers and operators). The licensing program requires firms to submit comprehensive applications, covering their technical, financial and human resource capabilities as well as project reference documentation. The EMRC ESP licensing program places firms into one of three categories – Class A, B and C – as a result of its evaluation of the firm’s capabilities. Firms granted Class A licensing are able to implement solar projects with no cap on the project size, while Class B and Class C licencees are only authorized to be involved in projects with sizes capped at 1 MWp and 100 kWp respectively.

About the EMRC

The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) is the official regulator of Jordan’s energy and mineral sectors.  The EMRC is a governmental body that possess a legal personality with financial and administrative independence and is considered the legal successor of the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission (JNRC) and the Natural Resources Authority (NRA) in relation to its regulatory tasks according to law No. (17) for the year ( 2014 ) regarding the restructuring of institutions and governmental organizations. 

MASE Featured in OBG Jordan 2016 Report

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MASE’s O&M capabilities highlighted in Oxford Business Group annual country report 2016

MASE’s utility-scale operations and maintenance activities have received coverage in the Energy Section of Oxford Business Group’s 2016 Report on Jordan. The Report, which is an annual publication by Oxford Business Group, provides a detailed overview of Jordan’s economy and business sectors including transportation, energy, healthcare  and financial services, while highlighting the activities of leading companies in each sector.

The Report’s Energy section also references the recently announced alliance between MASE and global O&M company Alectris which targets the local and regional solar operations, maintenance and asset management market and currently operates and manages the Arabia One 11.5 MW PV Plant in Ma’an, Jordan.  The Report reads: “In October 2015 international solar asset care firm Alectris and MASE announced that the two companies would be partnering on Arabia One Solar, a 10-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plan [also] in Ma’an.  While MASE will lead field operations and maintenance services, Alectris will offer support and technical expetise, as well as plant management software. Located 218 km south of Amman, the plant will have 45,192 PV modules with a peak power of 11,524 kW.”


Venture Magazine: MASE Wins Gold at Intersolar Middle East 2016

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MASE award covered by leading Jordanian business magazine

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Amman, Jordan – 20 September 2016: Modern Arabia for Solar Energy (MASE)’s Director of Operations, Tareq Khalifeh, has won the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s (MESIA) Solar Pioneers 2016 Gold Award presented at Intersolar Middle East 2016 Global Solar Leaders’ Summit Opening Ceremony.

The Solar Pioneers awards (bronze, silver and gold) are presented to three young solar leaders and innovators drawn from across the Middle East, prudently selected by a jury comprising of seasoned solar industry professionals, academics and representatives from the public sector including DEWA and the UAE Ministry of Energy. Solar Pioneers are recognized for their proven track record and for demonstrating impact in leading the growth of solar across the MENA region and exemplifying the qualities of innovation, long term vision and leadership.

A Jordanian, Tareq is the only Arab recognized as a Solar Pioneer at the Intersolar Middle East 2016 event. Tareq reaped the Gold award.

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