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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016
IHH-Humanitarian Relief Foundation has been establishing tent camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria. After realizing that the crisis would not end soon and people needed better living standards, the foundation started to establish camps with containerized rooms. There is no electricity connection that could be provided to the camps in the northern areas of Aleppo, so the main source of electricity at the camps was provided by generators. The generators worked for a while but due to the bad quality of fuel available in Syria, they soon started get out of order, requiring continuous attention and a lot of money for their repair and maintenance. Furthermore, they are a burden on the environment and cause pollution. In order to provide continuous and sustainable electricity to the camps, the idea to use the power of the sun came up. As it is known, solar energy panels are designed to absorb the sun's rays as a source of energy for generating electricity with almost no impact on the global climate. By comparison, electricity generated by power plants produces carbon dioxide or other pollutants. The camp in Azaz consisted of 800 shelters hosting around 4,500 people and panels were installed on each shelter. The panels came along with a 12 Volt DC freezer (48W), a 16 inch fan 12 Volt DC (8W) and a led bulb. Each panel produces enough electricity for the freezer, fan and daily use of light for a family. The camp will soon be extended with 200 more shelters, then the total number of shelters and solar energy panels will be 1,000. During the implementation of the project, professionals were engaged in awareness and training sessions for the residents. The main scope of the project has been to use natural resources in order to decrease environmental pollution, provide a better life standard to IDPs and reduce the living cost.
In the refugee camps in the northern areas of Aleppo there is no electricity connection, so the main source of electricity was provided by generators. The generators worked for a while but due to the bad quality of fuel available in Syria, they soon started get out of order, requiring continuous attention and a lot of money for their repair and maintenance. Furthermore, they are a burden on the environment and cause pollution. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Syria installed 800 solar panels in the camp, providing 4,500 people with electricity at no cost for the environment. Congratulations to your initiative!