Prayer goes solar in Jordan

We’re always evolving, the Aztec people worshipped the Sun, religion has moved on (in some ways) and now, in Jordan, people are beginning to worship in comfortable, air conditioned buildings that are powered by the Sun.


Jordan’s energy minister and their minister of Islamic affairs have signed off on a project to convert all 6000 mosques in the country to solar power.

Jordan currently imports 96% of it’s energy at high costs and mosque use a surprising amount with air conditioning and other electrical needs for 5 prayer sessions per day. But the major benefit is the social impact as religion sets the pace for the wider society of the country.

With 300 days of Sunshine to take advantage of and a saving of £900 ($1400) per year (per mosque) it’s a worthwhile investment and with the example it’s setting to the Jordanian people it’s a great step away from fossil fuels.

Shane Touhey

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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