Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) issued a license to Al Husainiyah Power Generation company to generate a 50 MW power station using solar panels in Ma’an governorate.

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Eng. Farouk Al Hiyari said in a press statement on Thursday that the total number of licenses issued by EMRC to generate electricity from solar energy amounted to five licenses within the project’s direct offers/the second round, all of which adopted solar energy with a total capacity of 250 MW. Electricity Generation Projects Within the direct bids for the first stage based on solar energy reached to 13 projects with a total capacity of about 220 MW.

Concerning the details of the license, he said that the 20-year period was granted to Al Husainiyah for generating electricity from renewable energy sources by solar cells. The company was chosen to develop the project under the direct bidding system through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the National Electricity Company.

Eng. Al-Hiyari said that the license authorizes the company to work in the field of generating electricity from solar energy and selling electricity generated to the National Electricity Company under the Power Purchase Agreement signed between the two parties.

He also stressed the importance of renewable energy projects, which are developed through the system of direct offers to enhance the contribution of renewable energy in the total energy mix to achieve the objectives of the comprehensive strategy for the energy sector and achieve security of energy supply based on local sources.

Eng. Al-Hayari pointed to the role of EMRC in encouraging investment in the sector while ensuring compliance with environmental protection standards and public safety conditions applied in the Kingdom and regulating the sector on the basis of justice and balance between the interests of consumers and licensees and investors.