Mosque in Turkey Goes Solar

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Another mosque has taken up the battle against climate change and gone Eco- this time in Turkey

When a nuclear plant was proposed for the Turkish village of Buyukeceli, the residents decided to demonstrate their resistance not through protest and petitions but by highlighting the viability of renewable energy. Using the support of Greenpeace, they decided to show the power of solar energy and installed photovoltaic panels on the local mosque.

Whilst this may sound like a new and novel concept, back in July Green Prophet revealed plans for Europe’s first completely eco-friendly Mosque in the English city of Cambridge.

Using skylights to limited the need for light bulbs, energy-efficient technologies and a green-roof, the project hoped to minimize it’s carbon footprint and also become the first ‘Eco-Mosque’ in Europe. Well, the idea spread far and wide since then there has been the announcements that the controversial‘Ground-Zero Mosque’ would be green, accolades for Green mosque designs and now this Turkish Solar Mosque.

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Muslim Maldives Goes Solar

The lowest lying island in the world, the Maldives which has an entirely Muslim population has alot to lose due to climate change.  Scientists have issued stark  warnings that rising sea levels caused by climate change could engulf the Maldives and other low-lying nations this century.

So, the country is taking action.

In 2009, the president of the Maldives Mohammed Nasheed unveiled plans for the country to go carbon neutral within a decade and has now installed 48 solar photovoltaic modules on the rooftop of his official residence.

Nasheed’s office quoted him as saying in Yahoo News! : “Solar power helps combat climate change, reduces our dependency on imported oil and most importantly cuts out electricity costs.”

The Maldives sits (on average)  just 1.5 metres above sea level and erosion problems mean that saltwater has contaminated freshwater supplies and hit its fishing industry (second-largest economic sector next to tourism).

“For the Maldives, climate change . . . is not a problem in the future,” Nasheed said in a conference call Tuesday from his nation’s capital, Male. “It is a problem that we are facing every day.”

Image via Steve Jurvetson.

A Model of Sustainability: Eco-Mosque in Levenshulme

In 2003 the Muslim Bohra community of Levenshulme started thinking about replacing their makeshift prayer hall – a former Maternity & Child Welfare Centre in an old Methodist chapel – with a brand new mosque. However, fitted with solar panels, recycled wood, reclaimed stone, under-floor heating and other energy saving measures this wasn’t your average mosque, but an eco-mosque.

Opened in 2008, the new building was the culmination of a lot of hard work, curiosity and a belief that it is possible to create a mosque which positively impacts both the community and the environment.

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