Energy For Resilience
More than 20 million people are suffering as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the Arab region. The majority are hosted in countries that already face strained levels of energy security and this project focuses on Djibouti, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen.
The pan-Arab strategy includes cumulative targets to increase renewable energy by about 75 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in the region by 2030. Examples of national targets in countries participating in this project are: Sudan 11%, Yemen 15%, Jordan 10% and Lebanon 12%. To help countries achieve the energy access goal, the project will support outcomes as below:
Solar solutions for refugee-host communities in Djibouti
- · The development of solar-diesel hybrid mini-grid systems for key villages as well as solar lighting kits for nomadic camps will be of benefit in refugee host communities in Obock region, such as Markazi.
- · Integrated energy from solar-diesel hybrid systems will also benefit income generating activities like fish cold storage conservation, milk production and water pumping for small agricultural production.
- · At the central level, the project will support the process for development of the national rural electrification plan to ensure that energy access for the poor and plight of refugee host communities is factored into the plan and its implementation.
Energy access for refugee-host communities in Jordan
- · Deployment of household and street LED lights with energy efficient control systems including the proper disposal of inefficient lights.
- · Installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heaters in refugee host communities.
- · Creation of increased awareness by communities and public institutions as to the role of solar solutions in achieving resilience based approaches to recovery and development.
Energy access for refugee-host communities in Lebanon
- · Design and installation of solar photovoltaic micro-grid systems in rural communities in North and Bekaa regions that would provide electricity to households and community centres during blackouts to complement or replace existing diesel generators
- · Installation of solar photovoltaic systems and solar water heating systems in institutions such as a hospitals, schools and/or dispensaries that service local populations and refugees in host communities.
Energy access for IDP-host communities in Sudan
- · Solar photovoltaic and mini-grid systems deployed in identified health facilities and hospitals
- · Solar photovoltaic systems deployed in medical storage units around the country
- · Capacities developed in health sector for use of solar applications
Energy access for IDP-host communities in Yemen
- · Mapping of energy insecurity gaps in selected governorates with displaced communities to ensure recovery of social services and productive assets through provision of reliable solar energy. The exercise will include design of technical specification for solar services that improve access to basic health, education and livelihood services
- · Deployment and installation of solar systems in IDP host communities with training of local stakeholders and cooperatives on installation and maintenance of the solar systems and in entrepreneurial activities facilitated by access to solar energy.
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