Author Leighann Morris
If new government proposals are followed through, Jordan’s 6,000 mosques will be running on solar power this year. The upgrade will tackle current unavoidable high energy bills which can total £900 a month.
Using government funding and worshipper contributions, rooftop solar systems will be installed on 120 mosques, with tenders floated to install systems at other mosques around the country, Ahmad Abu Saa of Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources told The Jordan Times in an interview:
“Mosques use large amounts of electricity and the project will help to significantly reduce their electricity bills as around 300 days in the year are sunny…Based on the funds that we secure, we will go ahead with the project. The more finance we get the faster the project will be implemented.”
Worshippers at the Abu Ghaweileh Mosque in the capital have already donated around JD16,000 (£14,600) to install a solar system that now sells power to the grid, the paper reported.
According to Business Green, Jordan imports about 96 per cent of its energy every year and has seen electricity rates rise as consumption climbs. With prices expected to spiral and political uncertainty impacting oil and gas markets, the country has embarked on a series of green energy projects and is expected to connect around 1.7GW of renewables capacity to the grid by the end of the decade.