Through a new tender, the Jordan government is seeking bids for the construction of a second PV facility at the Azraq camp. The project will be financed with funds coming from the European Union.
Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has issued a tender for the construction of a second MW-sized PV power plant at the refugee camp of Azraq, near the northern border with Syria.
In the document, the MEMR said the selected developers will be tasked with the design, supply, construction, commissioning and warranty of the grid-connected PV project, which is to be carried out on an EPC turnkey basis.
The project will be financed with an undisclosed sum provided by the European Union, said the MEMR. Meanwhile, the plant will have a capacity of 5 MW, and will be the second PV power plant installed at the camp. All project proposals must be submitted by September 19, 2018.
The first 2 MW solar plant at the Azraq refugee camp was completed last May. The project was financed by the Ikea Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, with around €8.75 million. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the small solar park is currently covering around 30% of the camp’s energy needs.
Both projects will be grid-connected, while any surpluss electricity will be fed into Jordan’s power network.
Opened in April 2014, the Azraq camp hosted around 36,000 refugees coming from Syria at the end of July 2018, according to the latest report from the UNHCR, which is managing the area in conjunction with the Government of Jordan.
The camp, consisting of four villages, includes six schools, four primary health care centers, three market areas, community centers, and other learning environments. “Averagely, each shelter consumes 2.2-2.4 kWh/day, enough power to operate lights, a refrigerator, television, a fan and charge phones,” said the UNHCR in its report.
The UNHCR has also distributed an average of four solar lanterns per household, to provide light to residents of the two villages, which are currently not yet connected with electricity.
Another refugee camp, the Zaatari camp, is also being powered by solar. In November, a 12.9 MW PV plant located in the area was connected to the local grid. The power generated at the site will predominantly power lights, heaters, shelters, refrigerators, TVs and power outlets for phones and other devices, said the UNHCR at the time.
Source PV Magazine