Jordan installs 2.7GWh solar panels on 128 schools in $13m project

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources completes work as part of wider focus on 2,600 schools over the next 10 years

Jordan's schools are being retrofitted.
Jordan's schools are being retrofitted.

Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, revealed that solar panels with a total capacity of 2.7GWh had been installed on 128 schools in the country as part of a $13m project that will benefit 55,000 students, with the ministry aiming to convert 2,600 schools in Jordan to solar-powered facilities in the next 10 years.

As part of the project, which is being implemented under the Jordan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fund’s Schools Heating programme, 45,000 energy-saving lighting units and 3,200 air-conditioning units were also supplied to these schools.

In a statement, the minister said that 65% of the project had been self-funded, and the remaining amount was provided by institutions and international donors, including donor countries from the EU.

The project is expected to result in annual electricity and water bill savings of $634,703 and $70,522, as well as cut CO2 emissions by 1,700 tonnes.

Earlier this month, the ministry announced that it would install solar power systems on 35 mosques across the region, with the programme expected to save $846,000 in electricity expenses and 1,647 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually

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