Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp becomes first to run entirely on solar energy

UNHCR hails development as ‘a milestone’ for 36,000 Syrians living in desert camp 

A refugee camp in Jordan has become the first in the world to be powered by renewable energy.

About 20,000 Syrian refugees living in the desert camp of Azraq will be able to use electricity generated by a solar plant.

The new $9.6m (£7.49m) two-megawatt solar plant was built by the Ikea Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign and is expected to save $1.5m (£1.15m) a year, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will be able to use to improve sanitation, shelters and organise activities around the camp.



2 replies

  1. Azraq is sort of in the middle of the desert. Something close to a concentration camp. The ‘war’ was supposed to take 6 weeks not 6 years (and counting)…

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