The French non-governmental organization, which provides solar kits to refugee camps and disaster affected communities, won the energy category of the 12th Zayed Sustainability Prize. The award will bank Electriciens sans frontières $600,000.
Array at the Zaatari refugee camp on border between Jordan and Syria is world’s largest solar plant located within an official refugee camp, the UN says. Facility meets power needs of nearly 80,000 displaced Syrians.
At 65.6 million people worldwide, the world’s forcibly displaced population remains at a record high. As these people flee conflicts tearing apart their home, they often face stark options for settlement within their own country or internationally. An estimated 90% of people in refugee camps lack electricity. More must be done to provide energy access to refugees.
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