Transmission and distribution grid codes

Jordan is also the only country in the MENA region that has established grid codes for distributed and utility-scale PV and wind-energy systems. There are, however, serious grid capacity issues that constrain the deployment of PV and wind power in Jordan, as discussed in Chapter 2.

Electric vehicles and renewable energy

Policies linking solar energy with electric vehicles have received little attention so far across country contexts, yet they represent a significant potential. The Jordanian Government has committed to build 3 000 solar- powered electric charging stations over the next ten years (REN21, 2016; Abou-Ragheb, 2015). The Ministry of Environment (MoEnv), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) are working together to develop a new regulation to encourage the use of zero-emission vehicles’ charging stations that are based on renewable energy. The Royal Court has exempted all electric vehicles that are based on zero-emission electricity from sales tax and custom duties (Jordan Times, 2015). In addition, in June 2016, the car manufacturer Nissan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Greater Amman Municipality in Jordan to provide the Kingdom with 100 Nissan LEAF and Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles (Saudi Gazette, 2016).

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