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Solar-powered mosque answers prayers in West Bank

Palestinians are making deep inroads into renewable energy and looking forward to much greater independence as more solar power projects pop up all the time.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestine is investing in renewable energy in a bid to end its economic dependency on Israel and achieve energy self-sufficiency. On Jan. 22, the West Bank city of Qalqilya marked a milestone, opening its first solar-powered mosque, Al-Rahmah.

The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) and the Ministry of Education signed an agreement Jan. 16 for the development and installation of solar panels on the roofs of 500 public schools over a period of four years. The project will generate a total capacity of 35 megawatts of electricity after an investment of $35 million.

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