Solar Power Transforms Impoverished Villages in Jordan

  • Jordan, which imports some 97% of its energy needs at a cost of around 18% of gross domestic product, is focusing on energy efficiency.
  • EDAMA is a professional association that promotes the effective management of water and renewable energies in Jordan.
  • In Arabic, EDAMA means sustainability.
    • The group was created in 2010 and brings together stakeholders in the fields of renewable energy and water.
    • Through cooperation, they strengthen their skills and range of action.
Children of Fefa, where parts of the city are newly electrified and sustainable energy accounts for 30% of electrical usage. Photo by EDAMA.
Children of Fefa, where parts of the city are newly electrified and sustainable energy accounts for 30% of electrical usage. Photo by EDAMA.
  • Their eco-villages project, was initiated in 2015, involving the implementation of photovoltaic systems in poor Jordanian villages.
  • The focus of the initiative is to improve the quality of life of village residents and reduce their energy bills through environmentally friendly means.
  • The first eco-village was created in Fefa, a poor village located at the southern end of the Jordan valley, an ecologically sensitive region protected by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.
  • Solar panels were installed in the main public buildings of the village, including a mosque, nursery, health center and school.
  • The entire photovoltaic system is able to cover 30% of energy consumption in the village.
  • To ensure the project’s longevity, village representatives were involved in raising awareness with the local community.
  • After the success of this first project, EDAMA is now working on two new eco-villages in the south.

(Video in Arabic)

Author: Nicholas Efthimiadis

Seattle grown. Avid skier and occasional ski racer. Passionate about all things urban (particularly transportation & housing). University of Washington 2016 graduate: BA in Economics and a minor in Urban Design and Planning. Extensive experience in fictitious cartography and sand-city molding.