Abdul Latif Jameel Energy to power over 120,000 homes in Jordan

Abdul Latif Jameel Energy will be supplying 435 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year in total across the country.
Updated 27 September 2017
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Abdul Latif Jameel Energy to power over 120,000 homes in Jordan

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, has announced it has secured financial close for a third project in Jordan. It will further help to bring clean energy to the Middle East, it said.
FRV has closed financing with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development EBRD) and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), through a $65 million loan for the development of the Al-Safawi solar plant located in the north of Jordan.
This is Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s third project in Jordan following Mafraq I and II, bringing the total number of homes to be powered with clean energy past 120,000. Abdul Latif Jameel Energy will be supplying 435 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year in total across the country.
The new 51 MW plant will be located in Safawi, a region in the north of Jordan and an area with high solar potential. The development of the project includes the design, financing, construction and management of the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the photovoltaic plant, spanning 170 hectares.
Roberto De Diego Arozamena, chief executive of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel Energy has been leading the way on developing solar projects in the region, and our work in Jordan is part of that.
“Governments across the Middle East have set bold targets for renewable energy, just like in our home country of Saudi Arabia, who are forging ahead with projects like Sakaka PV project and Al-Jandal Wind Farm. So we remain committed to being the leading solar PV development company in the Middle East and beyond, and contributing to the generation of clean and affordable energy.”
With TSK as the EPC contractor, the project will incorporate single-axis tracking technology that will optimize its performance, with more than 200,000 crystalline photovoltaic panels that will generate enough electricity to supply more than 40,000 Jordanian homes. The project is expected to generate 240 jobs during its construction.
The loan will be provided to Al-Safawi for Green Energy PSC, a Jordanian company 70 percent owned by FRV and 30 percent owned by Arabia Trading & Consulting Company Ltd. (ATC).


Talga hosts event to raise awareness on SDG 3.4

The event was hosted outdoors where workshops were conducted in tents and children enjoyed an authentic scouting ambience
Updated 12 November 2018
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Talga hosts event to raise awareness on SDG 3.4

The Association for Sustainable Development (Talga) in partnership with the Saudi Scouts Association represented by the Messengers of Peace Commission, hosted an initiative called “I Want to Say Something,” which aimed at promoting effective practices that treat and prevent mental health problems among children.

Studies show that being a member of the scouts or guides during childhood is linked to a lower risk of mental illness.

The initiative seeks to encourage children to develop values embraced by scouts such as community involvement, teamwork, bio-empathy, love for learning and emotional intelligence. 

The event was hosted outdoors where workshops were conducted in tents and children enjoyed an authentic scouting ambience. 

The workshops focused on raising awareness on mental health and teaching positive skills that are essential for children through arts and a creative approach. Other activities included basic scouting skills like knot tying, celestial navigation as well as outdoor yoga and meditation. 

In addition, the initiative aimed to contribute to sustainable development goal (SDG) target 3.4, which focuses on raising awareness on mental health and reducing its risks by 2030, which is essential to raising generations that are positively engaged in their communities and societies.