Putting in Place the Policies and People to Move Jordan's Green Vision Forward

 

With no petroleum production and an economy that is struggling with the  consequences of regional conflict, Jordan has clear reasons to embrace green  technology. In fact, the Jordanian government has committed  to generating 10 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This is both an environmental and an economic imperative.

Recognizing this, the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Program (JCP) has worked with the clean technology business association EDAMA as well as the Ministry of Environment and the Energy and Minerals Resource Commission (EMRC) to develop rules and regulations governing the collection, storage and use of Renewable Energy (RE) as well as to train the engineers who will be key to ushering in a new, greener future for the Kingdom.

JCP supported 57 women engineers through certified energy training programs to further boost their expertise in renewable and alternative energy technologies.

JCP supported 57 women engineers through certified energy training programs to further boost their expertise in renewable and alternative energy technologies.

A recent report placed Jordan third among 71 countries ranked for their Renewable Energy (RE) growth. This remarkable achievement owes in part to a series of  USAID-supported interventions that have provided the enabling legal framework and financial incentives to boost investment in this lucrative sector as well as the training for RE professionals needed to move the sector forward. From wheeling and pooling regulations aimed at fostering solar-enabled energy  production and storage, to a clean energy engineering certification aimed specifically at women,  JCP has been at the leading edge of these development efforts.


A Track Record of Results

JCP's work developing Jordan's green economy has brough a track record of results. In the solar-enabled technology realm, for example, the JCP team has  helped mobilize $3.2 million in private sector and government spending for solar panels and associated needs such as metering. The program has also assisted 18 factories with detailed energy audits, which produced the information required to finance energy efficiency upgrades.

Complementing these interventions, JCP has worked with the clean technology sector's leading business association, EDAMA, to research and publish data essential to mapping the potential of the sector and attracting Jordanian engineering talent to contribute to it. In 2016, JCP worked with EDAMA to launch the first report on the status of the clean technology sector in Jordan, including a detailed ranking of more than 365 companies working in the sector. JCP also worked with EDAMA to train female renewable energy engineers to fill positions made possible by the Kingdom’s increasing transition to solar sources of energy. The latter was based on a JCP-commissioned labor study, completed early in the project’s lifetime, which showed a 25 percent year-on-year increase in demand for RE engineers in Jordan.


'Developments' Magazine Highlights JCP Work in Renewable Energy 

A feature article published in DAI's online magazine, Developments, showcases how JCP has helped grow the Kingdom's Renewable Energy (RE) sector. Citing a recent report that placed Jordan third among 71 countries ranked for their RE growth, the article traces this remarkable achievement to a series of USAID-supported interventions that have provided the enabling legal framework and financial incentives to boost investment in this lucrative sector. From wheeling and pooling regulations aimed at fostering solar-enabled energy production and storage, to a tax regime making it easier to import and maintain electric vehicles, to instructions governing those vehicles' charging stations, JCP has been at the leading edge of these reforms. All told, the JCP team has helped mobilize $3.2 million in private sector and government spending for solar panels and associated needs such as metering, according to data cited in the article. The program has also assisted 18 factories with detailed energy audits, which produced the information required to finance energy efficiency upgrades.    

Read the full article here.

 
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