Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania, 2016
Oxfam and solar partner Epicenter Africa have successfully installed one of the largest ever solar arrays in a refugee camp – proving that solar technology is now effective at pumping from a depth of 103 metres.
Nyarugusu camp lies along the Tanzania-Burundi border, and houses 155,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who have fled violence in their own countries. The camp has three boreholes and a fourth with a surface pump powered by solar energy that is saving $34,000 annually in running costs.
|Total Daily Demand (m3) from this borehole||740 m3|
|Average daily output from solar (m3)||440 m3|
|Balance to run on generator (m3)||300 m3|
|Number of generator running hours||4 hours|
|ROI (Years)||Under 3 years|
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