Solar plant in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp is online
Post date: 14/11/2017 - 20:29
In Jordan, the largest solar plant ever built in a refugee camp went online, providing clean and power to 80,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the 12.9 MW solar photovoltaic plant was funded by the Government of Germany through the KfW Development Bank. Investment was €15 million ($17.5 million).
Previously, the high cost of powering the camp has meant that electricity use in refugee shelters was rationed to six to eight hours a day after sunset. The new solar plant will provide families with between 12 and 14 hours electricity each day. The facility was constructed on the outskirts of the camp, consisting of 40,000 photovoltaic panels.
In May, the UNHCR switched on a new 2 MW solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. The investment of €8.75 million has been entirely funded by the Ikea Foundation through the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign (as reported).