20,000 Syrian refugees living in a refugee camp in Azraq, Jordan, will now have access to electricity after the establishment of the world's first solar-powered refugee camp.
The Azraq refugee camp, located in the desert region of Northern Jordan has had sporadic access to power since the camp's 2014 construction. The $4.5 million project which was funded by IKEA, provides each family within the larger community the opportunity to connect to a fridge, a TV, lights, fans, and a place to charge their cell phones, which is vital for keeping in touch with family overseas.
Kelly T. Clements, UNHCR deputy high commissioner said, "Lighting up the camp is not only a symbolic achievement; it provides a safer environment for all camp residents, opens up livelihoods opportunities, and gives children the chance to study after dark.”
The investment in renewable energy will see $1.5 million in annual savings, which can be used to provide further aid, and will continue to function should funding ever run out.