A refugee camp in Jordan is currently home to a 15 million-euro ($17.59 million) solar farm which will provide clean, free strength to 80,000 Syrian refugees and their host community.
The solar facility, located at the Zaatari camp in the north of the country, was inaugurated Monday, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said in a statement. The plant provides been funded by the Federal Government of Germany via the KfW Creation Bank.
The UNHCR said the brand new plant would permit it to boost the provision of electricity to refugees’ homes from eight time up to 14 time, and save typically around 5 million euros in power bills per year. In addition, CO2 emissions are set to be decreased by more than 13,000 tons each year.
In terms of on-the-ground impacts, the UNHCR said that the brand new conditions would improve the safety and security of families, facilitate the storage of food, and give children additional time to do homework.
“Innovative projects like this one are key to giving an answer to the necessities of a population facing long-term displacement,” Stefano Extreme, the UNHCR’s representative to Jordan, explained in a declaration. “The opening of the solar plant represents a milestone for Zaatari camp residents since it could have a positive effect on their daily lives,” Extreme added.
Over 75 refugees had been working “side-by-side with Jordanians” to build the plant, installing more than 40,000 solar panels, the UNHCR said.
The Zaatari camp was opened in 2012 so that you can react to what the UNHCR referred to as a “mass exodus of refugees” moving over the Syrian-Jordanian border. At its peak, the camp hosted more than 120,000 refugees.
The United Nations says that an estimated 5 million Syrians have fled the country and 6 million have already been internally displaced because of this of the Syrian conflict and crisis, which goes back to 2011.