The Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is just 10 kilometers away from the Syrian border. It has gradually evolved into a permanent settlement and in 2015 the camp population was estimated at 83,000 refugees.
Opened by the Jordanian government and UNHCR -the UN refugee agency- on July 28, 2012, to host Syrians fleeing the war, the camp has become one of Jordan’s biggest cities, with residents having developed their own economy by starting more than 3,000 businesses.
The 12.9 MWp photovoltaic plant, the world’s largest solar farm of its kind, is already supplying energy to the Al-Zaatari refugee camp, mainly powering lighting systems, refrigerators, heaters and power outlets.
The PV plant has been constructed by Belectric. Ingeteam has supplied five of its 2.33 MW power stations in order to inject the energy coming from the PV array into the camp’s internal grid. Every power station comprises two central inverters housed in a 20-foot-long container, in addition to a power transformer, low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear and auxiliary services panel. This is all supplied on a turnkey basis in order to ensure immediate, simple installation and field commissioning.