Vestas and EP Global Energy have been working since March on developing a donor-funded wind farm in Jordan to help the country address its growing energy challenges, which are being exacerbated by the influx of refugees as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria. The burdened communities will benefit from the clean, reliable, and locally produced electricity provided by the project to meet the power needs of local consumers. The project is expected to be completed during 2015.
With the signing of the expanded MOU EP Global Energy becomes an official Wind for Prosperity Development Partner for the African continent. Vestas and EPGE will collaborate to deploy wind-diesel hybrid systems to help improve access to electricity for communities that currently have no or only limited energy infrastructure within Africa and the Middle East.
According to Efthyvoulos Paraskevaides, chairman of EPGE, “We are delighted with our expanded alliance with Vestas, to become an official Wind for Prosperity Development Partner within Africa and to further solidify our collaboration with Vestas in our other developments with our focus countries of EMEA.
Bringing clean, cost-effective, and locally produced electricity to those communities that need it most is among our highest priorities, and we look forward to working with Vestas to bring multiple projects to fruition. We are focused on jointly delivering our donor project for Jordan as a first priority, and to progress our efforts in Africa in parallel.”
Morten Albæk, Vestas Group Senior Vice President & CMO, concludes, “This agreement is another important milestone — especially for Jordan, which is facing growing challenges in providing clean, affordable, and reliable power. Our partnership with EP Global Energy continues to expand, and look forward to establishing Wind for Prosperity projects in other markets.”
The Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 5 expands on the MOU the parties signed in March and further solidifies the collaboration between Vestas and EP Global Energy, which also includes the 117 MW Al Tafila project in Jordan, announced in December 2013.
— Source: Vestas