Amman, Jordan – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Kawar Energy for a feasibility study that will demonstrate how cloud-based American technology paired with battery storage solutions can strengthen the efficiency of Jordan’s solar power sector. This activity will produce the first demonstration of “virtual power plant” (VPP) technology in Jordan and significantly impact its renewable energy sector.
“This grant reflects USTDA’s ongoing commitment to the Jordanian power sector and our Agency’s direct support for energy diversification in Jordan,” said Todd J. Abrajano, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “We look forward to this VPP building on USTDA’s previous success with Kawar and giving the company greater access to cutting-edge U.S. technologies.”
The VPP is a cloud-based system that will enable Kawar to control, integrate and aggregate the output of all its solar power facilities across Jordan. Applying VPP technology with battery storage will also allow more effective management of electricity supply in response to fluctuations in consumption and deliver a more reliable source of clean energy. Massachusetts-based Enon Management LLC will execute the project feasibility study on Kawar’s behalf.
“This USTDA award demonstrates how both Jordan and the United States win when we partner on innovative projects. The initiative we are supporting with this award lays the foundation for Jordan to reduce solar energy management costs as it continues its leading regional role in energy production,” said Mike Hankey, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Amman.
“Kawar Energy is pleased to have reached this milestone and have the trust of USTDA. This feasibility study would replicate the effect of the study USTDA granted to develop Shams Ma’an 10 years ago and will be the cornerstone for Jordan’s next phase of the energy transition,” said Karim Kawar, Chairman Kawar Energy.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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