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The installation of the solar farm will cut back around 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from QAIA The installation of the solar farm will cut back around 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from QAIA

AIG to Build Solar Farm at Jordan’s QAIA

Aligned with its efforts towards reducing its environmental impact, Airport International Group (AIG) recently signed an agreement with Shams al Mattar lil-Taqa, wholly owned by Kawar Investment, for the establishment of a 10 MWac solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA).

The PV solar farm will span an area of around 190,000 m2 of contiguous unused lands located within the airport’s premises, north of the northern runway.

The solar facility will generate over 24.5 million kWh of electricity during its first year, offsetting over 59 percent of airport operation needs, an amount equal to the electricity needed to power approximately 4,500 homes.

The solar farm is expected to begin generating electricity by end of this year or early 2019.

“We believe that building this solar farm will also respond to the directives of Jordan’s National Energy Strategy 2020, namely enhancing environmental protection and diversifying energy resources, thus not only paving the way for a greener QAIA, but also a greener Jordan,” explained Kjeld Binger, CEO, AIG.