Solar Power Plants in the Middle East
Beirut River Solar
Location: Lebanon
Operator: Asaco Phoenix JV
Configuration: 1.08 MW
Operation: 2015
System supplier: Yingli
EPC: Phoenix Energy & Machinery, ASACO General Trade and Contracting, Dalal Steel Industries, Derviche Haddad PPB Structures sal
Quick facts: In Sep 2014, a local joint venture of won a tender for the 10-MW Beirut River Solar Snake (BRSS) project, the largest of its kind to date. MEW funded the project with administration by LCEC. The pilot phase is a 1-MW installation on a 30m structures suspended over the Beirut River. This was grid connected in September 2015.

Photograph courtesy of Asaco Phoenix JV
Posted 20 Jan 2017

Dead Sea Solar
Location: West Bank - Jordan
Operator: Masder for Energy Systems Co 
Configuration: 710 kW
Operation: 2014
System supplier: ??
EPC: Msader for Energy Systems Co 
Quick facts: This $1mn project near Jericho was financed by Future for Palestine project. It completed in Sep 2014 at a site that is 258m below sea level.

Photograph courtesy of
Posted 16 Feb 2015

Shams Ma'an
Location: Jordan
Operator: Shams Ma'an Power Generation
Configuration: 52.5 MW
Operation: 2016
System supplier: First Solar
EPC: First Solar
Quick facts: This SPS went commercial to schedule on 9 Oct 2016. It is owned by a consortium including Diamond Generating Europe Ltd, Nebras Power QSC, and the Kawar Group. First Solar contributed to the development of the project and later divested its stake to the invesment consortium. The SPP has a 20yr PPA with National Electric Power Co (NEPCO). First Solar installed over 600,000 Series 4 thin-film modules on single-axis trackers.

Photograph courtesy of First Solar
Posted 12 Oct 2016

  Shamsuna Aqaba
Location: West Bank - Jordan
Operator: Shamsuna Power Co
Configuration: 10 MW
Operation: 2016
System supplier: Trina
EPC: Ennerray
Quick facts: This SPS in the Aqaba Special Economic Zone went commerial on 20 Feb 2016. It was the first and largest privately-sponsored Solar Farm in the Kingdom and Shamsuna Power was also the first renewable energy developer to be granted a solar power generation license from the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission. The 180,000 sq m schme cost $21mn with financing from the IFC, FMO and the European Arab Bank.

This was photo number 9,000 posted to the gallery.

Photograph by Photo Hagop and courtesy of Shamsuna Power Co
Posted 2 Apr 2016



Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 20-Jan-2017