Day one of Solar & Wind Projects Jordan conference at Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel brought together government authorities, investors, developers, consultants, EPC contractors, financiers, legal firms and technology providers to discuss future plans, regulatory updates, procurement models and construction strategies to deliver solar and wind projects leading up to 2020. This conference is organized by Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM).
The conference started with the opening remarks of the chairman Eng. Mohammed Al Ta’ani. H.E. Dr. Taher Shakhshir the Minister of Environment delivered the keynote address followed by an overview on the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ agenda for solar energy by Dr. Mohammed Al Dabbas, Minister’s advisor for Energy Affairs from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Dr. Wijdan Al Rabadi shared a presentation on behalf of EMRC about shaping RE policies and regulations in the Jordanian electricity sector. Whilst Mario Campo from ABB shared a presentation on enabling the power of renewable onshore wind& PV solar grid integration. Jyrki Leppanen shared a presentation on optimized solutions for PV power plants. At 09:55 the industry panel: current challenges for local and international solar developers started with Mr. Walid Shahin as moderator and Hanna Zaghloul, Eng. Ahmad Halaiqah and Ennis Rimawi as panelists. Eng. Yacoub Marar shared an overview on the agenda for wind energy by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
Other interesting presentations on Jordan Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency fund programs and projects and PV Soiling Loss in the Middle East Region were delivered by Dr. Rasmi Hamzeh and Dr. Fred Chen respectively. Sean Miller elaborated on JWPC update on the Tafila wind farm project whilst Patrick Jaeger shared a case study on the latest project development & financing trends. And finally Eng. Muhieddin Tawalbeh and Eng. Emil Alasis shared a presentation on NERC’s update on the WECSP pilot Plants.
“The conference is a good opportunity to meet and network with people involved in the Solar & Wind industry.” said Naji Zaghlool, Electrical Engineer at NEPCO.
The first day of Solar & Wind Projects Jordan conference created the perfect platform for the attendees to build relations, exchange ideas and seize business opportunities throughout the ACMi+ interface that allowed for many networking breaks which created a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.
“Excellent Conference.“ said Shourouq Hammad at EMS.
Many key players participated in this event, to name a few: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC), ABB, National Energy Research Center- Royal Scientific Society, Kawar Energy, ANREPCO, Catalyst Private Equity, Jordan Renewable Energy and. Energy Efficiency Fund, UKC Holdings Corporation, Jordan Wind Project Company, Conergy and National Energy Research Center.
Solution providers like ABB (Gold Sponsor), Conergy, UKC, Adenium and Gamesa (Associate Sponsors), Dentons (Panel Sponsor), Solar Frontier, Deger and Linuo (Networking Sponsors) showcased their newest technologies, innovation and solutions for solar and wind at Solar & Wind Projects Jordan conference.
Day two (January 26) of the conference will feature MIGA presentation on risk mitigation in power projects, financiers panel on the current solar investment strategies for Jordan, presentations on success cases about the wind energy integration in electrical systems, update on renewable energy projects in Jordan by the National Electric Power Company, a presentation on complying to legal framework and overcoming current challenges in Jordan, a session on discovering the benefits of solar leasing for Jordan and a transmission companies’ panel featuring the current status of energy transmission for solar and wind energy.