Jordan’s plan to have solar on all mosques moves forward

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Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has announced another 35 of the nation’s approximately 7,000 mosques will be equipped with a rooftop PV.

Minister of energy and mineral resources Hala Zawati said the projects will all be developed in Aqaba, in southern Jordan.

Around half the funds will be provided by the Kingdom of Jordan’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Fund (JREEEF) while the balance is expected to come from unspecified lenders. The total cost of the latest projects is estimated at around JOD675,000 ($952,045), the ministry said in a statement.

Zawati added, around 500 mosques in Jordan are being powered by rooftop solar at present. Those and the newly announced projects are all part of a scheme to deploy PV on all mosques that was launched by the Jordanian government in March 2015. “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,” said a representative of the Jordanian government at the time.

The JREEEF is also targeting schools in the coolest areas of Jordan, helping to provide better insulation and lighting as well as PV systems and solar heaters. The fund was created as a result of the 2012 Renewable Energy Law in Jordan and came into effect in 2015 as an institution to finance small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.