At Community Renewable Energy, we’ve shared how solar power is being used for community-building across the United States. Today, I want to share an example of how solar power is improving lives on the other side of the globe.
120,000 people live in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Thousands more arrive each day. Half are children. They’ve escaped the bloodshed in Syria, but now they’re languishing in a camp that lacks enough shelter, food, and clean water.
Safety and security are also hard to come by.
Solar power is offering a glimmer of hope to refugees. Solar panels outside bathrooms stay on all night, which means that families can move throughout the camp safely.
“We have solar panels lighting the toilet areas inside and out,” said Karl Schembri. “[They] are completely solar powered and don’t need to be connected to the grid.”
Solar power technology in and of itself is so flexible, but so are its applications to real-world problems. We know that renewable energy is a budget saver, so it’s humbling to be reminded that solar power can also be a lifesaver.