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A photovoltaic installation (PV)

A photovoltaic installation (PV)



IBC Solar backs Mirna’s plant

A solar plant installed on a gas station in Jordan shows how the kingdom can achieve its renewable energy goals

November 2018

Jordan’s solar company Mirna, a long-term premium partner of the German system provider IBC Solar, has installed a solar plant with 100 kilowatt peak for a gas station located near the capital city Amman. The photovoltaics (PV) plant contributes to the national energy independence strategy of the monarchy in the Middle East.

About 353 solar modules facing south have been installed on the roof of the gas station which is located near Queen Alia International Airport. The PV plant is meant to produce around 15,000 kilowatt hours monthly which are feed into the public grid. The PV plant contributes to climate protection with an annual CO2 saving of 59 tonnes, IBC Solar said in a statement.

To ensure high quality of the components and high yields during the whole life cycle of the plant of approximately 25 years, Mirna decided on modules from IBC Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage.

The monocrystalline modules of the type IBC MonoSol 295 VL offer high performance at a competitive price. In order to meet high profitability and yield requirements, the modules are subject to the strictest quality requirements that are regularly tested and certified by independent institutes like Fraunhofer ISE. Thanks to a good economic design with high yields, the investor can expect a payback period of 38 months, it said.

Jordan is heavily dependent on energy imports. The national energy independence strategy therefore envisages massively strengthening the expansion of renewable energies and generating a large part of the steadily growing electricity demand of its 7.6 million inhabitants from its own regenerative sources. To this end, the state introduced a Renewable Energy Sources Act in 2012 with technology-specific feed-in tariffs. By 2020, ten per cent of the power plant mix is to be covered by renewable energies. Therefore, solar energy is to be expanded to 600 megawatts.

Founded in 1982 by Udo Möhrstedt in Bad Staffelstein in Germany, IBC Solar offers complete solar solutions and covers the entire range of services from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic systems. Udo Möhrstedt is considered a pioneer within the solar industry and leads the international IBC Solar group as its CEO.

The company has implemented photovoltaic systems worldwide with an output of 3.3 gigawatts to date. The scope of these systems ranges from solar parks, which feed electricity into the grid, and self-consumption systems for business owners and private households, to off-grid PV systems and large-scale storage systems. These are used to supply private homes but also hospitals in Africa, schools in Southeast Asia or mountain huts in the Alps.

The company’s distribution system is based on two pillars with commercial sales being the most important distribution channel. In addition to modules and components of well-known manufacturers, it also sells its own product line via local partners.

“In addition, we realise PV systems for large commercial customers. For us, the large-scale project business includes the planning and implementation of photovoltaic parks, as well as an extensive range of consultancy services, which includes funding and financing advice as well as subsequent monitoring of the systems,” it added.




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