Arabia One Solar PV Plant Officially Inaugurated

Arabia One Inauguration

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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 Announces Retail Collaboration with CAB


MASE teams up with Cairo Amman Bank to offer retail solar PV financing packages

Amman, Jordan – February 2017: MASE has teamed up with Cairo Amman Bank (CAB), a leading Jordanian bank, to offer turn-key solar PV packages at a financing rate of zero percent. The product is available to households, businesses and SMEs with immediate access.

While CAB will be responsible for managing and vetting applications and issuing the clean-tech loans, MASE, as the nominated DBOM contractor, will be providing its award-winning solar PV solutions using cutting-edge technology and industry-leading resources.  MASE’s O&M team will ensure the long-term productivity of the installations.

About MASE’s Retail Operations

MASE offers households and businesses award-winning turn-key clean energy solutions including solar and wind energy. MASE helps its clients reduce their dependence on traditional electricity sources through sustainable and predictable renewable energies.  A flagship in MASE’s retail portfolio is a 600+ kWp Solar PV Rooftop Project implemented in its totality by MASE under a turnkey EPC and O&M contract.  The project was funded by Jordan’s Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources’ Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) and USAID for installations on 400+ households at multi-locations in Jordan.  MASE’s retail operations were awarded MESIA’s 2015 Rooftop Project of the Year and have been shortlisted for the Intersolar 2016 Outstanding Project of the Year.

About CAB

The Cairo Amman Bank is a full-service bank in Jordan and Palestine, with head office in Amman. The head office for the Palestinian territories is in Ramallah. The bank operates about 84 branches and offices in Jordan and 21 in the Palestinian territories. CAB currently ranks sixth in Jordan and third in the Palestinian territories based on assets. It is also ranked third in the Palestinian territories based on the number of branches it has.


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.”


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