The Azraq refugee camp is located on a bleak stretch of desert in northern Jordan, there is currently no electricity there. Donations have allowed the United Nations to provide families with small solar-powered lanterns, but they’re hardly enough to live by. The lack of electricity makes it hard for children to learn and for families to cook, and it puts camp residents, especially women, in danger.
But next year, there will be light. The U.N. Refugee Agency recently announced plans to build a 6-megawatt grid-connected solar project at the Azraq camp through a partnership with Ikea. The 6-megawatt solar project has a total price tag of $10 million, but will pay for itself in just two to four years and nearly eliminate all electricity expenses from that point on.