Solar Powered Mosques

Traditional Mosques are about to get a modern modification in Jordan.

A joint collaboration between Jordan's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and its Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs will initially power 120 mosques with solar roof top panels. The long term plan is, of course, to apply this  technology to every mosque.

Mosques generally have 5 regular prayers a day. During these times, energy consumption obviously increases. Moreover, air-conditioning systems that are also provided inside the rooms further raise the monthly electricity bills in Jordan to power up the Mosques. Thus, country's shift to renewable energy is meant to help decrease the mass consumption of electricity by the nation's Mosques.

Osama Bin Zaid Mosque with solar panels. Via contractor4energy
Jordan’s Plans for Renewables

Currently, in Jordan, 96% of its energy needs are imported oil and natural gas from neighboring Arab countries. The country already has plans to invest about US$15 billion in renewable and nuclear energy in order to combat this troubling trend.

The five-year project is just one of the plans meant to decrease its crude imports. Jordan's ministry of energy has set a target of obtaining 10% of the country's energy needs from renewables by 2020. The funding is a pioneering move in the Middle East, and will hopefully pave the way for other countries.

Ahmad Abu Saa, a representative of the renewable energy department at the ministry, said in an interview with The Jordan Times:

“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." He added, “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."

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