Morocco's mosques are going green thanks to a new initiative which has already seen 600 places of worship retrofitted with LED lighting, photovoltaic electricity and solar water heating.
The team behind the scheme, a mixture of Moroccan institutions and Germany company GIZ, will retrofit 15,000 mosques by the end of 2019.
Said Mouline, Director of the National Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, says that while mosques aren't big consumers of energy, it's about normalizing energy efficiency within wider communities.
Moroccan service providers are funding of the initial phase of the plan at a cost of $5.4 million. They will later be paid for the savings they achieve.
GIZ estimates 130 jobs will be created by the first round of contracts, with potential for more.
"The 'green' mosques are the perfect example of what we're doing with all our institutions," says Hakima El Haité, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco. "We started with the mosques because, just like churches or any other religious institution, they can play a very important role in terms of education."