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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is wrapping up a solar project which will save $1.2m per annum. The solar project is to establish a solar PV plant at Amman Training Centre (ATC) with a 3 MW capacity and will launch it in December.
The power generated will supply electricity to various UNRWA facilities in Zarqa, North Amman, and South Amman. This includes schools, offices and health stations and around 106 installations.
“It is planned that up to 80 per cent of the agency’s electricity consumption will be covered by this system,” said the deputy director of UNRWA affairs for operation, Olaf Becker.
“The generation of electricity through a renewable source will offset greenhouse gas emissions as opposed to generating electricity from conventional thermal power plants, which is currently utilised in Jordan through the burning of natural gas and/or heavy fuel oil,” according to the assessment.
“UNRWA is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as Jordan’s National Green Growth Plan and Climate Change Policy,” Becker added.
The production of power with renewable and green energy sources will offset around 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year in Jordan.