Jordan presented an interesting challenge as the refugee population targeted were based in urban centers, living in towns and rented accommodation rather than the traditional camp setting. This inspired innovative approaches to bring solar water heating, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, energy efficiency upgrades, and training opportunities for Syrian refugees and the Jordanian communities hosting them, living in and around Irbid in the north of the country.
Installed solar water heaters in 572 households where refugees are living as tenants and completed energy efficiency upgrades in 123 of those households, reaching more than 3,400 individuals.
Contributed to a stronger enabling environment for the adoption of renewable energy services for refugees
Laura Clarke, RE4R Project Manager, Practical Action said “Collaboration between partners has been key to the success of this project, and the achievements have been made possible by the organisations’ openness, appetite for learning and determination to ensure lasting improvements to the quality of life of refugees.”
“Overall, the project offers insightful learning and evidence to shape future renewable energy programmes and ensure that sustainable energy is accessible for all, including refugees.”
Government of Jordan representative
Notes for Editors
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