A set of 140 panels was affixed to the top of the Hamdan al-Qara Mosque, generating nearly 44 kilowatts of energy.
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Set atop a mosque in the south of Jordan's capital, dozens of shimmering solar panels reflect a growing trend in the resource-poor desert kingdom as it tries combat its heavy reliance on imported energy.The dishes and other desert-based solar fields are part of the kingdom's drive to steer the country away from foreign energy and toward renewable options available domestically.Hamdan al-Qara is one of 380 mosques and churches across Jordan that have been supplied with solar-power systems in the past five years, according to the Energy Ministry.Managed by a consortium of companies including Jordan's Kawar investment group, Qatar's Nebras Power and Japan's Mitsubishi, the $170 million project generates 52.5 megawatts of electricity, or 1 percent of the country's electricity production.With 640,000 panels set up across a 2 square kilometer area, Shams Maan is the largest project of its kind in Jordan, Zaghloul adds.As it becomes more prevalent, the cost of renewable energy production has dropped too.
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