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Merely 2 months before the COP22 climate conference, Morocco is getting ready to present an ambitious plan to turn its mosques green as a pledge to clean energy. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs declared a tender in August to alter initially 64 mosques in 6 of the kingdom’s urban areas to lessen their energy consumption. Its objective is a reduction of 40 percent in energy costs  at 15,000 mosques across the nation that uses an average of 90 kilowatts a day, said the SIE state energy investment organization.

Studies have presented that consumption of energy can be cut by 60 percent, with savings estimated by as much as 68 percent at Rabat’s glorious As-Sunna mosque. This can be accomplished through energy saving lighting, photovoltaic power generation and solar water heating, and without hurting the form of the mosques. These improvements will likewise profit the worshippers, with access to hot water for washing and air-conditioning accessible in prayer rooms, said SIE.  Not to mention the 5000 jobs that will be available and a new growth market.

“The ROI will be based on the energy savings attained.”

Supporting the project, GIZ, a German organization development, tells that it as a “win-win” situation that will likewise bring issues to light of renewable and sustainable energy in Morocco. Jan-Christoph Kuntze of GIZ said that repayment of Moroccan companies involved in these mosques will  is through savings made by the manager of the building director.

Job creation

With the potential to create jobs, the project has all the technologies available on the market locally.

“The mosques can both raise awareness on energy saving as well as adapting to cleaner sources.”

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has promoted a proactive strategy of environmental awareness in the northwest African nation of about 34 million individuals, 99% of whom are Muslim. COP22, world climate conference  will be hosted at Marrakesh from November 7 to 18. One of the principal challenges for the Kingdom of Morocco, which also facilitated COP7 in 2001, is to consent the signed Paris Agreement by 195 nations to face the global warming. COP22 will “highlight the nation’s dedication to work for the Paris Agreement implementation and to keep on supporting developing nations most affected by the effect of environmental change”, Mohammed said in a speech in June.

The Morocco king was behind an aspiring plan introduced in 2009 to create renewable energy and empower the nation bereft of hydrocarbons to help almost 50% of its energy needs. A definitive point is to raise the share of renewable energy to 52% of all utilization. Vital to this was the opening of Noor I—the main phase of what will be the solar power plant on the planet—close Ouarzazate on the edge of the Sahara desert. As Morocco draws close to COP22, its residents are being opened increasingly to occasions and activities showcasing the nation’s association in securing the planet. Its “green mosques” venture is relied upon to take major spot in the drive for change being highlighted at the conference.

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