Cairo, Egypt, April 16, 2014—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has seen one of its renewable energy
projects in Jordan recognized by a prestigious magazine.
Project Finance Magazine awarded the Renewables Deal of the Year award
to IFC's landmark renewable energy investment in the Tafila Wind Farm in
Jordan. Part of the magazine’s Deal of the Year Awards, the prize demonstrates
IFC’s increased focus on combatting climate change and supporting renewable
energy projects across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency projects is a key priority
of IFC, especially in a region that is blessed with all the natural resources
necessary for a vibrant renewable energy sector,” said Mouayed Makhlouf,
IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “We believe that more
renewable energy projects can foster economic growth while also addressing
Power demand in the region is set to grow at around 7 percent per year
over the next 10 years, driven primarily by population growth and economic
development. Investing in renewable energy projects can help address
that challenge, since the region receives between 22 percent and 26 percent
of all solar energy striking the earth, in addition to wind and hydro potential.
In November 2013, IFC finalized a $221 million financing package to support
the development of Tafila, a pioneering wind farm in Jordan. The
117-megawatt plant will be the country’s first privately-owned renewable
energy facility. It will help boost power supplies in Jordan, where demand
for electricity is increasing at about 8 percent annually.
Since 2005, IFC has invested more than $11 billion in renewable energy
generation and energy efficiency projects. Last fiscal year, two thirds
of IFC’s power generation investments were in renewable energy.
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enterprises in more than 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise,
and influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
In FY13, our investments climbed to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion,
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