Solar Panels to Improve Energy Reliability in Southern Jordanian Villages
Around 31 mi (50 km) south of the Dead Sea is the small rural village of Feifa, Jordan. With only 3,700 residents and 400 households, it was deemed a prime location to build a renewable energy grid.
Spearheaded by the company EDAMA, the intention of the Eco-Villages Initiative is to improve the reliance of electricity in the village while simultaneously reducing the cost incurred to families. EDAMA also plans to assist with the regular provision of water to the village.
Children stand outside one of the dwellings in Feifa that was provided with PV solar panels. (Image courtesy of EDAMA.)
Solar Panels to Be Built on Homes, Schools and Hospitals
EDAMA plans to implement photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on homes and institutions in less fortunate, remote communities in southern Jordan. Feifa was chosen as a pilot project for this initiative because it is in an area protected by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and it has a small, manageable size.
Its arid climate is also very inviting for harnessing solar energy. In southern Jordan, temperatures range between 50 °F (10 °C) and 113 °F (45 °C) and there is lots of direct sunlight.
Of the 400 households, 235 are connected to an electrical service and the remaining are either connected to the grid illegally or don’t have electricity.
The Jordanian village consumes approximately 398,000 kWh per year. The amount of electricity to be generated from the installed PV solar panels is estimated to be 140,400 kWh per year, or approximately 30 percent of the village’s total consumption.
EDAMA estimates that implementing these solar panels will save USD$700,000 and reduce 1,600 tons of CO2 over a 20-year time period.
As part of this initiative, EDAMA intends to develop training courses for qualified residents in Feifa so that they can become involved in maintaining these renewable electrical sources. Buildings that will benefit from this sustainable project include the office of the RSCN, schools, a teacher’s residence, a mosque and a health center.
Solar panels sit atop the Feifa High School for Girls. (Image courtesy of EDAMA.)
EDAMA is a Jordanian business association whose Arabic name translates to “sustainability.” To learn more about other projects by the company, see its website.