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Jordan: World’s largest solar park for refugee camp switched on

Jordan has inaugurated the largest solar park to operate in a refugee facility, aiming to improve the lives of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees at the Zaatari desert camp.

According to AFP, 4,000 solar panels with a total capacity of 12.9 megawatts are designed to provide 14 hours of electricity a day to Zaatari’s 80,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The project was financed by Germany at a cost of $17.5 million.

The UNHCR has previously been providing eight hours of electricity a day, costing $500,000 a month, said Stefano Severe, the agency’s representative in Jordan.

“With this solar panel plant and this grant from Germany, UNHCR will be able to provide 14 hours with zero cost,” he said at a ceremony at the camp. He said the savings would be used to improve other services in the camp.

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