Project profile — Sustainable Economic Development Through Renewable Energy in Jordan


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2016-03-31 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Jordan (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (8.50%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Advanced technical and managerial training (11430) (21.00%)
• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources: Solar energy (23230) (70.50%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the livelihoods of 150,000 women, men and their families in poor communities of the Ajloun and Jordan Valley (Deir Alla) regions through the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions at the household level. The project seeks to improve skills and employment prospects, particularly for women and youth, in Jordan’s renewable energy sector and to strengthen the enabling environment for accelerated growth of this sector. Project activities include: (1) launch an awareness campaign targeting 25,000 people to raise awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions; (2) strengthen women’s organisations and community-based organisations in the management of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and revenue generating activities; (3) procure and install 22,800 renewable energy and energy efficiency units including PV panels, water solar heaters and energy saving lights; (4) improve the capacities of Jordan’s Vocational Training Corporation to deliver training in renewable energy and energy efficiency; (5) develop the management capacities of national partners for improved management and regulation of the sector; and (6) establish commercial models of renewable energy regulations following international best practices. The project is implemented in partnership with the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased usage of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions in the Deir Alla and Ajloun region; (2) increased employment opportunities for skilled workers in Jordan's renewable energy and energy efficiency sector; and (3) improved enabling environment for the growth of a robust renewable energy sector in Jordan.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) increased usage of renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) solutions in Ajloun and Deir Alla, which resulted in the cumulative reduction of 11,134 tons of equivalent CO2 emissions, surpassing the target of 6,247 tons (2) conducted REEE awareness-raising activities, reaching 103,000 people, including more than 24,000 school children; (3) installed 1,515 solar panels, 1,711 solar water heaters and 24,523 LED lights, increasing the disposable income of over 8,100 households who realized cost savings and installed two solar farms of a capacity of 950 kWAC; (4) installed REEE systems in six schools, five health clinics, four forest ranger towers, and two archeological locations reducing their electricity bill by an average of 73%; (5) improved the knowledge and skills of 31 community-based organizations to design, implement and monitor a sustainable revolving fund for the installation of REEE equipment in households; (6) helped 315 beneficiaries (191 men and 124 women) to find employment opportunities or become self-employed by enhancing their knowledge and skills to better suit the needs of the REEE sector, establishing linkages with employers, arranging interviews and job fairs, and creating internship opportunities; and (7) developed five governance-related reforms and procedures to enhance the enabling environment of the renewable energy sector in Jordan, in cooperation with the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-02-2024 Disbursement $500,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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