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This Refugee Camp Is Now The First In The World To Run On Solar Energy


Refugee camps in the remote desert of Jordan have continued to build economies as they remain displaced from the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Azraq, the second-largest camp with a population over 35,000, was set up in April 2014. For years they relied solely on portable solar lanterns to light their homes, but thanks to a new solar farm they're the first refugee camp to be powered by renewable energy.  

“Today marks a milestone,” said Kelly T Clements, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner. “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.  Above all, it allows all residents of the camps to lead more dignified lives," he said.