Monday, 6 July 2015

Enfield has London’s first solar mosque

This is a guest post by Harfiyah Haleem, a 38 Degrees activist based in Southgate.

“Palmers Green mosque has just announced the installation of its 15 kW array of solar panels. I'm urging them to have a celebration and invite lots of other mosques and interested people.  I hope this will be the first of many solar mosques in London and add to the few already established in other places in the UK and around the world.  (Jordan has announced a plan to make all its 6000 mosques solar.)

Some churches have already got solar panels.  Community buildings usually have large roofs that are suitable for sizable arrays, and many mosques are new-build or still being built so offer more possibilities than old and decaying roofs.  I've also discovered which provides transparent solar PV glass that can be used for windows and conservatories etc. and have passed this information to Palmers Green mosque for their new extension plan, which includes a large glass roof. 

We already have a dozen or so London mosques interested, including Edmonton Islamic Cultural Soc., and are trying (feebly and without funding) to get them to work together to reach a critical mass that can attract social enterprise investment, or to start their own shari'a-compliant inter-mosque loans/investment scheme.  London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) and 10:10 Solar Schools are doing their best to help and have held an inter-mosque workshop on the subject at Al-Manaar mosque in the Westbourne Grove area."

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