Solar power for schools in the West Bank

Ecological, sustainable solutions for UNRWA schools in the Palestinian Jordan Valley



The communities in the Jordan Valley are among the poorest in Palestine. It starts to get very hot as early as March, and it can still be warm until October. Due to inadequate electricity supply and power cuts, schools cannot use air conditioners, if they are available at all. Therefore, students have to stay out all day in their hot and small classrooms and have problems concentrating. Some of them are absent during the very hot summer months due to school conditions and are unable to repeat the entire curriculum, resulting in them not passing all exams.


The Palestinian territories and the entire Jordan Valley are facing a water crisis, and the population of Palestine is suffering from severe water shortages on a massive scale. Conventional groundwater and surface water sources are increasingly threatened by industrial and natural pollution. To solve the problem, alternative sources of water must be sought. These include rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, and desalination.


Project goals

The goal is to contribute to quality education by improving energy security and environmental quality in schools in the Palestinian Jordan Valley. The educational opportunities of 2,586 students at UNRWA's Jeftlik, Ein Al Sultan and Al Auja schools will be sustainably improved through a pleasant learning environment.


Project measures

  • Installation of a photovoltaic system at three schools, which almost completely covers the energy needs.
  • Ensuring a safe gray water and reuse system for Al Auja and Ein al Sultan schools.
  • Raising environmental awareness of innovative clean energy and reuse solutions.





Project partner

Ecopeace Palestine is part of EcoPeace Middle East, an environmental organization of Palestinians, Jordanians and Israelis founded in 1994. EcoPeace has a long experience in the Middle East region, with special programs in the Jordan Valley, which is the focus of education and capacity building programs targeting thousands of students and young professionals, as well as other advocacy and development programs for local communities.

 Shashwat Trust



Thies Geertz

Global Nature Fund (GNF) - Office Radolfzell

Phone: +49 7732 9995 86




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15 November 2022 - 14 May 2025




German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Foundation Chancen für Kinder



Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The project is intended to make a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):


 Ziel 1: Armut in jeder Form und überall beenden
 Ziel 8: Dauerhaftes, inklusives und nachhaltiges Wirtschaftswachstum, produktive Vollbeschäftigung und menschenwürdige Arbeit für alle fördern