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Revealed: Details of Morocco's 600-mosque overhaul

by Neha Bhatia on Sep 7, 2016


Mosques in Morocco will be refurbished in collaboration with departments from the German government. [Image: Flickr/tadd_debbie]
Mosques in Morocco will be refurbished in collaboration with departments from the German government. [Image: Flickr/tadd_debbie]

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Up to 600 mosques in Morocco will be refurbished based on 'energy-saving' contracts in partnership with departments from the German government. 

The project forms part of Morocco's aims to generate employment, especially with regards sustainability as the country prepares to host the COP22 summit this November. 

According to a statement released by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the programme will support Morocco "in modernising the energy use of its mosques".

Technology expected to be used for the project includes LED lighting, photovoltaic systems, and solar water heaters.

The statement continued: "The idea is to use mosques as a starting point for the diffusion of these technologies, hereby creating a market for private services in the field of energy efficiency that could afterwards be enlarged towards other public buildings in sectors such as education or health.

"With such market development[s], the government [of Morocco] aims to boost the creation of green jobs." 

The refurbishment and sustainability model implemented for the mosques will be "transferred to two further public sectors", BMZ has confirmed.

The following pages outline the intricacies of Morocco's programme to refurbish its mosques. 

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