Refugee camps - temporary or permanent- are ideal sites for renewable energy deployment and innovation testing
Refugee camps are becoming long term [we'll hope they are not permanent ] large cities, and power supply is a critical deficiency.
Renewable energy deployment would improve conditions dramatically, reduce the cost of support, and enable economic development.
Imagine turning camps into renewable energy research and development centers- testing new ideas, manufacturing devices for themselves and the surrounding community, residents becoming educated, and technical experts able to move out to spread the technology, etc,
Some articles to give a sense of the refugee camp as a community:
Nizip II, another refugee camp set up by the Turkish government near the Syrian border. Credit Tobias Hutzler for The New York Times
This comprehensive article looks at a Turkish camp that is well funded and developing an economy- replicating ordinary cities in a meager way, and reviving the cruel arguments that making refugees more comfortable just supports and further enables conficts that create them.
The potential impact of renewables is not lost on observers:
Visionaries have been talking about this for a while and are making progress; India just joined:
The UN High Commission on Refugees is acknowledging this formally now, and taking baby steps.
This link to UN working papers offers a window into the UN work, and a link to a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of foreign aid for sustainable energy:
International Aid agencies are stepping in to lead the way.
And by example, Norway is exporting its well-developed biogas technology to help:
Here is an organization that is in the Washington Beltway, and might be positioned to help:
Please indicate which type of energy is most relevant to this post
A combination of various types of renewable energy