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Developing eco-villages in Jordan

EDAMA is a professional association that promotes the effective management of water and renewable energies in Jordan. The eco-villages project, was initiated in 2015 and involves implementing photovoltaic systems in poor Jordanian villages to improve the quality of life of the residents and reduce their energy bills. An affordable and sustainable solution which is also environmentally friendly.

In Arabic, EDAMA means "sustainability". This professional association was created in 2010 and brings together the stakeholders in the fields of renewable energy and water in Jordan to strengthen their skills and range of action. In the summer of 2015, EDAMA launched an ambitious eco-village project to implement renewable energies in poor regions of Jordan.

The first eco-village was created in Fefa, in the south of the Jordan valley, in an area protected by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) – an association dedicated to the preservation of Jordan's natural resources. Fefa with its 3,700 inhabitants and a warm and sunny climate offered a suitable setting for the exploitation of solar energy.

Solar panels were installed in the main public buildings of the village, including a mosque, nursery, health centre and schools. Solar street lights were also installed in a Bedouin area without electricity. The entire photovoltaic system was able to cover 30% of the energy consumption of the village.

To ensure the project's longevity, village representatives were involved in raising awareness with the local community and to impress upon the residents the many advantages of photovoltaic systems. Indeed, beyond their low environmental impact, they provide a reduction in energy costs and an uninterrupted supply of electricity.

This project has not only improved the quality of life of the inhabitants of Fefa but has also involved the community in a sustainable development process with four residents benefiting from training on renewable energy to ensure the maintenance of the installation.

After the success of this first project, EDAMA is now working on two new eco-villages in the south. Ultimately, this initiative will also open up new economic prospects for the renewable energy sector in Jordan.