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

5/22/2017
  • 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 two-megawatt solar plant was built by the Ikea Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign and is expected to save $1.5m a year, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will be able to use to improve sanitation, shelters and organize activities around the camp.
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