Jordan’s Azraq becomes world first clean energy refugee camp.

1Each family in almost 5,000 shelters in the desertA wide, open, comparatively barren tract of land with few forms of life and little rainfall. (MGH) camp will be able to use electricityElectricity generation includes all technologies that turn some form of energy into useful electric energy. Electricity is a form of energy that has magnetic, radiant and chemical effects. Electric current is created by a flow of electrons. generated by a solar plant

By Anna Pujol-Mazzini

LONDON, May 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thousands of Syrian refugees will be able to light their homes, charge their phones and chill their food by solar powerPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. as Jordan’s Azraq camp became the world’s first refugee camp to be powered by renewable energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil., the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.

Each family in almost 5,000 shelters in the desert camp will be able to use electricity generated by a solar plant.

LightingExamples of efficient light are LEDs, halogens, CFLs and luminaries. up the camp is not only a symbolic achievement; it provides a safer environment for all camp residents, opens up livelihoodsSustainable livelihood includes job opportunities that are of a non-invasive type, and exclude extensive felling, heavy fishery, mono-cultures and other activities than permanently harm the environment; it also includes an lifestyle that takes care of any gives assets, such as fresh water or ... opportunities, and gives children the chance to study after dark,” Kelly Clements, UNHCR deputy high commissioner, said in a statement.

The Azraq camp, in northern Jordan, is home to 36,000 Syrians refugees who will all be able to rely on solar power by 2018, UNHCR said.

The switch to solar power will save the agency $1.5 million per year and function even if funding dries out, UNHCR said.

The money saved will be invested elsewhere, and could be used to improve sanitation, shelters or organise activities around the camp.

The solar plant – which costCost: The consumption of resources such as labour time, capital, materials, fuels, etc. as the consequence of an action. In economics, all resources are valued at their opportunity cost, which is the value of the most valuable alternative use of the resources. Costs are defi ned in a variety of ... almost 9 million euros ($10 million) – was funded by the IKEA Foundation, which donated one euro to UNHCR for each lightbulb sold in the furniture chain’s stores.

The plant will be connected to the national gridA grid is a network of transmission lines, usually to distribute electric power . and any surplus electricity generated will be sent back for free.

($1 = 0.8975 euros)

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