Morocco’s government has undertaken a scheme to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal water heaters and energy-efficient lighting at over 100 of its mosques this year.

The ‘green mosque’ scheme is planned to expand to 15,000 mosques, or 30% of Moroccan mosques, within five years.

Mosques have been shown to consume around 90 kW per day, according to the SIE state energy investment company, which noted that energy costs for each mosque could be reduced by 40% under the scheme.

Initial investment costs will be covered by Morocco’s ministry of Islamic affairs in partnership with Germany.  

In September, France’s Engie announced that it had been awarded the first phase of the contract to conduct energy audits of 36 mosques and install energy-efficient technologies.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Morocco currently imports 95% of its power. By 2030 it aims to meet 50% of its power needs with renewables, as well as cutting energy consumption by 20%.

The nation is hosting the COP22 climate conference this month.