Project profile — Sustainable Economic Development Through Renewable Energy in Jordan

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Sustainable Economic Development Through Renewable Energy in Jordan - Overview
Cowater International Inc. (XM-DAC-61009)
2016-03-31 - 2023-12-31
Country / region • Jordan (100.00%)
Sector • 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)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (principal objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


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 2022 include: (1) reached 103,000 individuals, including more than 24,000 school children, to deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency awareness-raising activities; (2) installed 1,515 solar panels, 1,711 solar water heaters and 24,523 LED lights in over 8,100 households. This allowed beneficiaries to reduce costs and increase disposable income; (3) installed a total of 17 renewable energy and energy efficiency systems in: six schools, five health clinics, four forest ranger towers, and two archeological locations. The new systems reduced electricity bills by an average of 73%; (4) installed two solar farms with an output capacity 950 kWAC using cost savings from initial solar panel farm installations; (5) reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 8,726 tons per year, through increased usage of renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions; (6) helped 315 beneficiaries (124 women and 191 men) find employment opportunities or become self-employed, through enhanced knowledge and skills that align better with the needs of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Established linkages with employers, arranged interviews, job fairs, and created internship opportunities for project beneficiaries; and (7) developed five governance-related reforms and procedures to encourage the use of renewable energy in Jordan, which were delivered in cooperation with the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $523,102
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