Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable Energy Projects

  • Offices entitled to work in renewable energy.
  • Applicable instructions of renewable energy projects.

Jordan Engineers Association Law, Article 22

Studies works may only be practiced and engineering designs may only be made by the engineering offices and companies registered with the Association under the provisions of this Law and the Regulations enacted by virtue hereof.

The non-Jordanian engineering offices and companies wishing to practice the profession in the Kingdom must submit to the Council prior to entering into any engineering work contract or prior to practicing the profession a written application to be registered with the Association. In that application, it shall state its technical situations, and it shall list the names of Association members working for it and the names of non-Jordanian engineers to be working in its work field within the Kingdom. To achieve this, it shall fill the forms set for this purpose under the Association applicable regulations. The Association Council shall have the right to approve or deny the application in accordance with the provisions of this Law and the regulations enacted by virtue hereof.

For non-Jordanian engineering offices and companies to be registered with the Association, they are required to be registered in the Kingdom under the provisions of the applicable Company Act and to enforce their work contracts in Jordan in participation with a Jordanian engineering office or company under a contract a copy of which to be kept by the Council.

Engineering Offices and Companies Regulation / Article 3

“Engineering consultation business may only be practiced through the engineering offices and companies registered in accordance with this Regulation.”

Pursuant to the Engineering Offices & Companies Regulation, the engineering consultation business is defined as:

“A practice of the profession in any of the engineering specialties to provide engineering consultation; to carry out the works of studies and researches; to prepare the engineering designs and engineering schemes; to establish the specifications; or to supervise the implementation of these works.”

  • The engineering offices that have the right to practice the design works and supervise the renewable energy projects.
  • The engineering office / company that has the right to design renewable energy projects is the offices / companies categorized by the Association and meet the conditions stated in Article 17/D and categorized by the Association as a consultation office / company. The specialties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering must all be among the specialties in which the consultation office is registered. In case of loss of any of the said specialties, the consultation office shall be entitled to have a consortium with another engineering office to complete the missing specialty in accordance with the consortium instructions applicable at the Association. There must be at least one engineer in the electrical engineering or mechanical engineering specialty meeting the conditions of working in this field at any of the engineering offices within the project consortium.
  • The other engineering offices categories shall have the right to design renewable energy projects, provided the nominal value of a project does not exceed MWp2. The specialties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering must all be among the specialties in which the consultation office is registered. In case of loss of any of the said specialties, the consultation office shall be entitled to have a consortium with another engineering office to complete the missing specialty in accordance with the consortium instructions applicable at the Association. There must be at least one engineer in the electrical engineering or mechanical engineering specialty meeting the conditions of working in this field at any of the engineering offices within the project consortium.

Conditions and qualifications required to be met by the design and supervision (electrical and mechanical) engineers working at the engineering offices and companies to provide such engineering offices and companies with an approval of design and supervision of the renewable energy projects.

  • The electrical and mechanical engineers must have one of the following qualifications:
  1. To attend the qualifying course of the renewable energy systems design at the Jordanian Engineers Training Center and to successfully pass the relevant examination.
  2. Bachelor / master or PhD degree in renewable energy, provided it is approved for work in this field by the relevant committee formed by the electrical and mechanical divisions.
  3. At least two-year experience in practicing the profession in the renewable energy field, provided it is approved by the competent division board or two renewable energy projects are designed and provided by him at a nominal value of no less than MWp1. In either case, he must successfully pass the technical interview made by the joint committee formed by both divisions as per their principles and instructions in this respect.

The designing engineer shall sign the schemes in accordance with his specialty and the Engineering Department instructions.

The conditions and qualifications required to be met by the electrical and mechanical engineers to work in the renewable energy fields except Item 2 above.

To attend the qualifying course of the renewable energy systems design at the Jordanian Engineers Training Center and to successfully pass the relevant examination.

Bachelor / master or PhD degree in renewable energy, provided it is approved for work in this field by the relevant committee formed by the electrical and mechanical divisions.

At least two-year experience in practicing the profession in the renewable energy field, provided it is approved by the competent division board or two renewable energy projects are designed and provided by him at a nominal value of no less than MWp1. In either case, he must successfully pass the technical interview made by the joint committee formed by both divisions as per their principles and instructions in this respect.

A civil engineer may work in the design field of renewable energy projects within his specialty, provided he meets the requirements of work at an engineering office and company within the construction / building engineering specialty.

Principles to passing an examination and technical interview to approve the engineers working in the renewable energy field for electrical and mechanical engineers.

  • An engineer must undergo an editorial test in which he is required to score 60% to pass it successfully.
  • An engineer who passes the editorial test shall have a technical interview in which he is required to score 60% to pass it successfully.

Renewable energy scheme requirements

The minimum requirements to be met by the renewable energy project schemes so the project can be reviewed by the Association.

Requirementdocumentdescription
General requirements site plans____________
Civil works1. System parts technical specifications.
2. Facility safety and established building roofs resistance report.
3. Site inspection report.
4. Allowable building loads and weighs report.
5. Civil works schemes including roads and water drainage schemes
____________
Mechanical works1. Energy production report.
2. Shadow effect study.
3. Installation structures mechanical loads study.
4. Site solar panels distribution scheme.
____________
Electrical works1. Electrical mono scheme.
2. Earthing system.
3. Cables, voltage drop and electrical circuit shortage calculations.
4. Electrical panels schemes.
____________

The above requirements shall contain the data stated in the attached table:

General Requirements 

EnglishArabic
Clarification of Grid Connection Point تحديد نقطة الربط للمشروع على الشبكة
land use identifiedصفة الاستعمال للأرض
Soil Testفحص التربة
Availability of water supply/ground water determinedتوفر أي مصادر مياه سطحية او جوفيه
site and boundary areas including access permissions and restrictionsمخطط الموقع يوضح الحدود التنظيمية ويظهر وجود أي عوائق طبيعية
access routes to site assessedطرق الوصول الى الموقع
agreements for land access (if required)اتفاقيات لدخول الأرض (ان تطلب موقع المشروع)
Detailed Site planمخططات الموقع المفصلة
الدراسات الإنشائية للأبنية القائمة

Technical Requirements 

EnglishArabic
solar resource data-setsالإشعاع الشمسي للمنطقة
Energy Generation Profileتقرير إنتاجية الطاقة
Plant design basic informationمعلومات تصميمية للمشروع
3D shading model generated using modeling softwareتقرير أثر الظلال من خلال نمذجة ثلاثية الابعاد للمشروع باستخدام برمجيات متخصصة
Horizon and near-shading obstacles detailed أثر الظلال القريبة والبعيدة نسبة الى خط الأفق
Protection equipmentأجهزة الحماية الكهربائية
Earthing and lightening protectionأنظمة التأريض والحماية من الصواعق
Energy Generation for project durationإنتاجية الطاقة لسنوات عمر المشروع
PR for project durationمعامل الأداء على طول عمر المشروع
Monitoring system in line with national standards.نظام مراقبة الإنتاجية يتلاءم مع التكنولوجيا المتوفرة (إذا طلب من الجهات المعنية)
Security system in line with national standardsنظام حماية وامان للموقع

System Parts Specification and Design

EnglishArabic
Essential module characteristics available (degradation, low light performance, tolerance, temperature coefficient).المواصفات الأساسية للألواح الشمسية وتشمل كل من (معامل انخفاض الأداء السنوي، هامش فرق القدرة، الأثر الحراري)
Essential inverter characteristics available (including Maximum Power Point Tracking capability, efficiency profile for three voltages).المواصفات الفنية لمحولات العكس و تشمل (معامل تتبع نقطة القدرة العليا، منحنى كفاءة محول العكس الكهربائي(
Panel certification obtainedالشهادات والفحوص المعتمدة للألواح
Product and power warrantyكفالة الالواح وضمان الإنتاج
Inverter Suitable capacity for project sizeتصميم حجم محول العكس مناسب لحجم النظام
Compatible with national grid codeمحول العكس مطابق لمواصفات شركة الكهرباء
Inverter certification obtainedالشهادات والفحوص المعتمدة لمحول العكس
Technology and model suitable for the environmental conditionsتكنولوجيا محولات العكس مناسبة للموقع
DC and AC cables sizing تصميم واختيار الكوابل المستخدمة في المشروع
Short Circuit Calculationsحسابات دائرة القصر
DC and AC cable losses هبوط الفولتية في كوابل التيار الثابت والمتردد
Mounting Structure design and Material Suitable for project location and capacityاختيار نوع ومعدن هيكل تثبيت مناسب لمكان التثبيت ولحجم النظام
Compatible with national Standardsالهيكل مطابق للمواصفات الوطنية
Static and dynamic Load calculation reportتقرير الاحمال الميكانيكية

Renewable energy projects review fees

Project capacityfees
Less than 500 kwJOD 75
500 mw – 1 mwJOD 250
Above 1 mwJOD 0.25 per kw at a ceiling of JOD 5000

Scheme review and minimum requirements to be met by the engineering schemes of the renewable energy systems

  • Offices are required to include the details of designing an energy generation system in the schemes and to mention that the scheme is in relation to the renewable energy system on the scheme cover to be reviewed at the Association.
  • The Engineering Department engineers review the renewable energy projects so as the nominal capacity of a project does not exceed 1MW. For projects exceeding that capacity, a joint ad hoc committee on revision will be formed of the electrical and mechanical divisions including engineers from both electrical and mechanical divisions, provided they are approved by the joint committee of the electrical and mechanical divisions.
  • After it had been reviewed, the scheme shall be sealed with a different color seal indicating that this scheme has been reviewed and permitted as a renewable energy system.
  • Jordanian relevant codes and specifications shall be met.

Engineers Association Las / Article 22

  1. Studies works may only be practiced and engineering designs may only be made by the engineering offices and companies registered with the Association under the provisions of this Law and the Regulations enacted by virtue hereof.
  2. The non-Jordanian engineering offices and companies wishing to practice the profession in the Kingdom must submit to the Council prior to entering into any engineering work contract or prior to practicing the profession a written application to be registered with the Association. In that application, it shall state its technical situations, and it shall list the names of Association members working for it and the names of non-Jordanian engineers to be working in its work field within the Kingdom. To achieve this, it shall fill the forms set for this purpose under the Association applicable regulations. The Association Council shall have the right to approve or deny the application in accordance with the provisions of this Law and the regulations enacted by virtue hereof.
  3. For non-Jordanian engineering offices and companies to be registered with the Association, they are required to be registered in the Kingdom under the provisions of the applicable Company Act and to enforce their work contracts in Jordan in participation with a Jordanian engineering office or company under a contract a copy of which to be kept by the Council.

Engineering Offices and Companies Regulation / Article 3

“Engineering consultation business may only be practiced through the engineering offices and companies registered in accordance with this Regulation.”

Pursuant to the Engineering Offices & Companies Regulation, the engineering consultation business is defined as:

“A practice of the profession in any of the engineering specialties to provide engineering consultation; to carry out the works of studies and researches; to prepare the engineering designs and engineering schemes; to establish the specifications; or to supervise the implementation of these works.”

The engineering offices that have the right to practice the design works and supervise the renewable energy projects must have the following qualifications:

  1. The engineering office / company that has the right to design renewable energy projects is the offices / companies categorized by the Association as a consultation office / company. The specialties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering must all be among the specialties in which the consultation office is registered. In case of loss of any of the said specialties, the consultation office shall be entitled to have a consortium with another engineering office to complete the missing specialty in accordance with the consortium instructions applicable at the Association. There must be at least one engineer in the electrical engineering or mechanical engineering specialty meeting the conditions of working in this field at any of the engineering offices within the project consortium.
  2. The other engineering offices categories shall have the right to design renewable energy projects, provided the nominal value of a project does not exceed MWp2. The specialties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering must all be among the specialties in which the consultation office is registered. In case of loss of any of the said specialties, the consultation office shall be entitled to have a consortium with another engineering office to complete the missing specialty in accordance with the consortium instructions applicable at the Association. There must be at least one engineer in the electrical engineering or mechanical engineering specialty meeting the conditions of working in this field at any of the engineering offices within the project consortium.

Conditions and qualifications required to be met by the design and supervision (electrical and mechanical) engineers working at the engineering offices and companies to provide such engineering offices and companies with an approval of design and supervision of the renewable energy projects.

The electrical and mechanical engineers must have one of the following qualifications:

  1. To attend the qualifying course of the renewable energy systems design at the Jordanian Engineers Training Center and to successfully pass the relevant examination.
  2. Bachelor / master or PhD degree in renewable energy.
  3. At least two-year experience in practicing the profession in the renewable energy field, provided it is approved by the competent division board or two renewable energy projects are designed and provided by him at a nominal value of no less than MWp1. In either case, he must successfully pass the technical interview made by the joint committee formed by both divisions as per their principles and instructions in this respect.

The designing engineer shall sign the schemes in accordance with his specialty and the Engineering Department instructions.

The conditions and qualifications required to be met by the electrical and mechanical engineers to work in the renewable energy fields except Item b above.

  1. To attend the qualifying course of the renewable energy systems design at the Jordanian Engineers Training Center and to successfully pass the relevant examination.
  2. Bachelor / master or PhD degree in renewable energy, provided it is approved for work in this field by the relevant committee formed by the electrical and mechanical divisions.
  3. At least two-year experience in practicing the profession in the renewable energy field, provided it is approved by the competent division board or two renewable energy projects are designed and provided by him at a nominal value of no less than MWp1. In either case, he must successfully pass the technical interview made by the joint committee formed by both divisions as per their principles and instructions in this respect.

A civil engineer may work in the design field of renewable energy projects within his specialty, provided he meets the requirements of work at an engineering office and company within the construction / building engineering specialty.

  • Principles to passing a technical interview to approve the engineers working in the renewable energy field.
  1. The editorial examination shall consist of two parts, with part one having 30 questions and the minimum score required to pass the exam shall be 60%.
  2. Part two of the approval examination shall be a technical oral interview and the minimum score required to pass the exam shall be 60% in accordance with the instructions set by the ad hoc committee.

The qualifications of the personnel supervising the renewable energy projects:

  • Project manager: civil / electrical / mechanical engineer with an experience of no less than 10 years in project management.
  • Senior engineer: an experience of no less than five years in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering specialty and approved in accordance with the instructions.
  • Site engineer: an experience of no less than two years in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering specialty and approved in accordance with the instructions.

The personnel supervising the solar energy projects:

Minimum deliverableResident supervision personnelOffice supportProject capacity (maximum kw)
-Not requiredElectrical engineer
Mechanical engineer
0 kw – 500 kw
4 monthsElectrical engineer (1)
Mechanical engineer (1)
Electrical engineer
Mechanical engineer
500 kw – 1 mw
4 monthsElectrical engineer (1)
Mechanical engineer (1)
Electrical engineer
Mechanical engineer
Civil engineer
>1 mw – 5 mw
8 monthsProject manager
Senior electrical engineer (1)
Senior mechanical engineer (1)
Electrical engineer
Mechanical engineer
Civil engineer
>5 mw – 10 mw
As per the contract and no less than one yearProject manager
Senior electrical engineer (1)
Site electrical engineer (1)
Senior mechanical engineer (1)
Senior civil engineer (1)
Electrical engineer (high current)
Electrical engineer (low current)
Mechanical engineer
Civil engineer
>10 mw

Boreholes required for the sites of electrical energy generation from solar energy

The number of boreholes has been determined to be approved as per the solar panels area as follows:

Total linear metersNumber of boreholesArea (Dunam)
65 mw13Less than 25 dunam
85 mw1725-50 dunam
125 mw2550-100 dunam
250 mw50100-250 dunam
400 mw80250-500 dunam
  • For areas exceeding 500 dunams, a borehole shall be added per 7 dunams with a depth of 5 mw per one borehole.
  • If there are buildings at the site, the number of boreholes and their depth shall be treated as provided for in the applicable codes in respect hereof.
  • All required tests and studies shall be conducted in the site inspection report as per the applicable codes, especially the chemical, physical and mechanical tests.
  • All required additional tests shall be conducted by the designer.
  • Electrical resistance test shall be conducted.
  • JOD 1 per linear meter shall be collected together with the Association fees.

Solar energy projects review fees:

FeesProject capacity
JD 75Less than 500 kw
JD 250501 kw – 1 mw
JD 0.25 per kw / with a ceiling of JD 5000Above 1 mw

Renewable energy systems engineering schemes review

  1. Offices are required to include the details of designing an energy generation system in the schemes and to mention that the scheme is in relation to the renewable energy system on the scheme cover.
  2. The Engineering Department engineers review the renewable energy projects so as the nominal capacity of a project does not exceed 1MW. For projects exceeding that capacity, a joint ad hoc committee on revision will be formed of the electrical and mechanical divisions including engineers from both electrical and mechanical divisions.
  3. After it had been reviewed, the scheme shall be sealed with a different color seal indicating that this scheme has been reviewed and permitted as a renewable energy system.
  4. Jordanian relevant codes and specifications shall be met.

Documents and minimum requirements to be met in the renewable energy schemes:

DescriptionDocumentRequirement
----Site plansGeneral requirements
----System parts technical specifications
Relevant to major plantsFacility safety and established building roofs resistance report
Systems installed on roofs and hangersSite inspection reportCivil works
Relevant to major plantsAllowable building loads and weighs report
___Civil works schemes including roads and water drainage schemes
___Energy production reportMechanical works
___Shadow effect study
___Installation structures mechanical loads study
___Site solar panels distribution schemeElectrical works
___Electrical mono scheme
___Earthing system
___Cables, voltage drop and electrical circuit shortage calculations
___Electrical panels schemes

The above requirements shall contain the data stated in the attached tabla:

General requirements

EnglishArabic
Clarification of Grid Connection Point تحديد نقطة الربط للمشروع على الشبكة
land use identifiedصفة الاستعمال للأرض
Soil Testفحص التربة
Availability of water supply/ground water determinedتوفر أي مصادر مياه سطحية او جوفيه
site and boundary areas including access permissions and restrictionsمخطط الموقع يوضح الحدود التنظيمية ويظهر وجود أي عوائق طبيعية
access routes to site assessedطرق الوصول الى الموقع
agreements for land access (if required)اتفاقيات لدخول الأرض (ان تطلب موقع المشروع)
Detailed Site planمخططات الموقع المفصلة
الدراسات الإنشائية للأبنية القائمة

Technical requirements

الإشعاع الشمسي للمنطقة

solar resource data-sets

تقرير إنتاجية الطاقة

Energy Generation Profile

معلومات تصميمية للمشروع

Plant design basic information

تقرير اثر الظلال من خلال نمذجة ثلاثية الابعاد للمشروع باستخدام برمجيات متخصصه

3D shading model generated using modeling software

اثر الظلال القريبة والبعيده نسبة الى خط الأفق

Horizon and near-shading obstacles detailed

أجهزة الحماية الكهربائية

protection equipment

أنظمة التأريض و الحماية من الصواعق

earthing and lightening protection

إنتاجية الطاقة لسنوات عمر المشروع

Energy Generation for project duration

معامل الأداء على طول عمر المشروع

PR for project duration

نظام مراقبة الإنتاجية يتلائم مع التكنولوجيا المتوفرة (إذا طلب من الجهات المعنية)

Monitoring system in line with national standards.

نظام حماية وامان للموقع

Security system in line with national standards

System Parts Specification and Design

EnglishArabic
Essential module characteristics available (degradation, low light performance, tolerance, temperature coefficient).المواصفات الأساسية للألواح الشمسية وتشمل كل من (معامل انخفاض الأداء السنوي، هامش فرق القدرة، الأثر الحراري)
Essential inverter characteristics available (including Maximum Power Point Tracking capability, efficiency profile for three voltages).المواصفات الفنية لمحولات العكس و تشمل (معامل تتبع نقطة القدرة العليا، منحنى كفاءة محول العكس الكهربائي(
Panel certification obtainedالشهادات والفحوص المعتمدة للألواح
Product and power warrantyكفالة الالواح وضمان الإنتاج
Inverter Suitable capacity for project sizeتصميم حجم محول العكس مناسب لحجم النظام
Compatible with national grid codeمحول العكس مطابق لمواصفات شركة الكهرباء
Inverter certification obtainedالشهادات والفحوص المعتمدة لمحول العكس
Technology and model suitable for the environmental conditionsتكنولوجيا محولات العكس مناسبة للموقع
DC and AC cables sizing تصميم واختيار الكوابل المستخدمة في المشروع
Short Circuit Calculationsحسابات دائرة القصر
DC and AC cable losses هبوط الفولتية في كوابل التيار الثابت والمتردد
Mounting Structure design and Material Suitable for project location and capacityاختيار نوع ومعدن هيكل تثبيت مناسب لمكان التثبيت ولحجم النظام
Compatible with national Standardsالهيكل مطابق للمواصفات الوطنية
Static and dynamic Load calculation reportتقرير الاحمال الميكانيكية

Personnel supervising the solar energy projects

Project Capacity
(Maximum kw)
Office Support Resident Supervising Personnel Minimum Deliverable
kw – 500 kwElectrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Not Required_______
500 kw – 1 mw Electrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical engineer (1)
Mechanical engineer (1)
4 months
> 1MW – 5MWElectrical Engineer Mechanical Engineer Civil EngineerElectrical Engineer (1)
Mechanical Engineer (1)
4 months
> 5MW – 10 MWElectrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Civil Engineer
Project Manager, Electrical Engineer (1)
Mechanical Engineer (1)
8 months
>10 mwElectrical Engineer (high current), Electrical Engineer (low current), Mechanical Engineer
Civil Engineer
Project Manager
Senior Electrical Engineer (1)
Site Electrical Engineer (1)
Senior Mechanical Engineer (1)
Senior Civil Engineer (1)
As per the contract maybe not less than one year

Resident personnel supervising the wind energy plants projects

Project Capacity
(Maximum kw)
Office Support Resident Supervising Personnel Minimum Deliverable
Less than 10 mwCivil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Engineer
Site Mechanical Engineer (1)
Site Electrical Engineer (1)
Site Civil Engineer (1)
As per the contract
10-100 mw Civil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Engineer (high current)
Project Manager
Senior Mechanical Engineer (1)
Site Electrical Engineer (1)
Senior Civil Engineer (1)
Site Civil Engineer (1)
As per the contract but no less than 12 months
Above 100 mwCivil Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Electrical Engineer (high current)
Project Manager
Senior Mechanical Engineer (1)
Site Mechanical Engineer (1)
Senior Electrical Engineer (1)
Site Electrical Engineer (1)
Senior Civil Engineer (1)
Site Civil Engineer (1)
As per the contract but no less than 18 months

Qualifications of the resident personnel supervising the renewable energy projects

Project manager: (civil / electrical / mechanical) engineer with an experience of no less than 10 years in project management.

Senior engineer: an experience of no less than five years in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering specialty and approved in accordance with the instructions stated in Item 3 hereof.

Site engineer: an experience of no less than two years in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering specialty and approved in accordance with the instructions stated in Item 3 hereof.

Boreholes required for the sites of electrical energy generation from solar energy

Area (Dunam) Number of boreholes Total linear meters
Less than 25 dunam1365 mw
25-50 dunam1785 mw
50-100 dunam25125 mw
100-250 dunam50250 mw
250-500 dunam80400 mw

For areas exceeding 500 dunams, a borehole shall be added per 7 dunams with a depth of 5 mw per one borehole.

If there are buildings at the site, the number of boreholes and their depth shall be treated as provided for in the applicable codes in respect hereof.

  • All required tests and studies shall be conducted in the site inspection report as per the applicable codes, especially the chemical, physical and mechanical tests.
  • All required additional tests shall be conducted by the designer.
  • Electrical resistance test shall be conducted.
  • 1 JD  per linear meter shall be collected together with the Association fees.

Boreholes of Wind Plants Projects

Height Number of Exploration Points Depths (By Linear Meter)
Up to 50 square meters2(10, 20)
50-70 square meters2(15, 25)
Above 75 square meters2(25, 35)

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