How solar power changed lives in Mam Rashan

The picture shows (from left to right) Philipp Keil, managing director of the SEZ, project partner Kevin Martani, Laurids Novak, head of project funding at the SEZ, Nele Erdmann, project manager atmosfair, and camp manager Shero Semo Juqi. The panels of the first expansion stage of the photovoltaic system can be seen in the background.

Video about a project with atmosfair gGmbH in the province of Dohuk, funded by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg.


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The video shows how solar power has improved the lives of around 1.740 families in the Mam Rashan refugee camp in Dohuk province in northern Iraq. The photovoltaic system was funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg via the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) in collaboration with atmosfair gGmbH.

A year and a half ago, the first photovoltaic system went into operation in the Mam Rashan refugee camp in Dohuk province in northern Iraq. The state of Baden-Württemberg supported the construction of the facility in the first phase with around 400.000 euros and in a second expansion phase with 350.000 euros via the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ). This led the project together with the non-profit atmosfair gGmbH .

The 13-minute English language Video shows how solar power has changed the lives of the people in the camp. Since December 1.739, the 2018 families have had electricity around the clock for cooking, for lighting the accommodation and also for cooling in the particularly hot months. In addition, the construction and operation of the photovoltaic system created qualified jobs in the camp.

And along the way, you also learn a lot about the fate of the people who live in the Mam Rashan camp, which was built in 2015. They are Yazidi families from the Shingal Mountains who fled ISIS.

The system in Mam Rashan is said to be the first photovoltaic system in Kurdistan-Iraq.

To our project description from part 1: Energy for Mam Rashan

To our project description of part 2: Expansion of energy for Mam Rashan

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