November 14 (Renewables Now) - A photovoltaic (PV) park with a capacity of 12.9 MW has been put on stream at a refugee camp in northern Jordan, generating power for almost 80,000 Syrians.
The project at Zaatari refugee camp required an investment worth EUR 15 million (USD 17.5m) that was funded by the German government through state-owned development bank KfW, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday.
The solar park is powered by 40,000 PV panels that will lift the electricity supply to refugees’ homes from eight hours a day to 14 hours daily. In addition, their output is seen to help save more than 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually and bring USD 5.5 million (EUR 4.7m) in cost savings per year. The generated electricity will be used for homes, clinics, schools and other facilities.
In May, a solar power plant of 2 MW was put online in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp, bringing power to about 20,000 Syrian refugees living in shelters there. One of UNHCR’s priorities globally is to bring renewable energy to refugees and their host communities.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.167)