The 52.5MW Shams Ma’an PV plant is moving forward in the deserts of southern Jordan. But economic development may not quench the region’s growing Salafism.

US photovoltaics firm First Solar has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the planned 52.5MW Shams Ma’an PV plant in southern Jordan.

First Solar was also awarded a contract to operate and maintain the facility once completed, though in late June the firm sold its...