Equitable Electricity for Refugees in Jordan

 NRC
NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will in partnership with the Jordanian startup Neurotec and Norwegian startup  Wattero develop a solution that will increase refugees' access to energy and control of energy consumption.

 

What is the humanitarian challenge?

Access to energy and control of one's own energy consumption has been identified as a core challenge for both refugees in camps and in host communities in Jordan. Energy is rationed in camps, limiting the number of hours in the day when the refugees have access to energy. 

What is innovative about this project?

The project will develop a mechanism to provide refugees with timely and accurate information on their energy consumption. Through the provision of an energy controller system that controls electricity consumption of households based on primary and secondary electrical needs, it will ensure minimization of electricity cuts that have a negative impact on primary needs. In refugee camps, this will lead to a fairer electricity access and efficient electricity usage.

What are the expected outcomes?

The expected outcome of the project is to pilot an energy controller solution in 200 households in Azrac refugee camp in Jordan. If successful, the solution can be scaled to reach more people in the camp to ensure fair distribution of electricity.