Morocco's mosques join the fight against climate change

Last Modified: Mon Dec 05 2016 14:52:53 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 51,000
    + mosques exist in Morocco and the country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs foots the electricity bills of some 15,000 of them – costs it aims to substantially reduce while raising citizens’ awareness of the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • 2
    major ministries - Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Energy Ministry - working very closely with German organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have launched a scheme targeting the nationwide energy-efficient modification of the country’s mosques.
  • 600
    mosques will be retrofitted with energy saving light bulbs, solar thermal water heaters and photovoltaic systems by March 2019. These mosques will also serve as a starting point to raise awareness on clean energy and kickstart the diffusion of renewables among the public.
  • 150
    imams and mourchidates have already adopted arguments in favour of the transition to clean energy. By the end of 2016, more than 300 religious clerics are to have distributed their new knowledge in their communities, for example via their sermons.
  • 130
    jobs will be created initially, with potential for far more as the program expands. An equally important objective of the project is to enable the private sector to deliver solutions for energy-efficiency and renewable energies itself in future.
  • 40
    mosques have already been modernised by local companies.
  • 48
    jobs have been created so far.
  • 40%
    reduction in the mosques’ electricity usage once the renovations are completed.
  • $5.4 million
    estimated cost of the makeover that will be borne by Moroccan service providers bearing the costs of the installations and then receiving payment from the savings that are achieved.
  • Mar 2019
    planned completion of the initial 600 mosques. In all 15,000 mosques will be taken up subsequently. The project's goal is to use mosques as a starting point to raise awareness on clean energy and kickstart the diffusion of renewables among the public.