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There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most mosque rooftops and their ubiquity in the Muslim world make them excellent candidates for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Muslims congregate for prayers at mosques five times a day: at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening. Because these times are governed by the sun, they change chronographically within the year, according to the season, but are perpetual. As such, mosque electricity load profiles are highly predictable across each year and experience limited annual variation. 

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Amro Elshurafa

Amro Elshurafa

Research Fellow Amro is a research fellow with 15 years of research experience on three continents in the fields of technology and energy. His…

Expertise

  • Solar PV
  • renewable energy policy and microgrids

Publications See all Amro Elshurafa’s publications

Electric Vehicle Deployment and Carbon Emissions in Saudi Arabia: A Power System Perspective

Electric Vehicle Deployment and Carbon Emissions in Saudi Arabia: A Power System Perspective

There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most…

October 9, 2019
Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most…

October 6, 2019
Abdullah Alsubaie

Abdullah Alsubaie

Professor at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Abdullah is a research assistant professor at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).  He holds a Ph.D. in…

Ayman Alabduljabbar

Ayman Alabduljabbar

Research associate professor at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Ayman Alabduljabbar is a research associate professor at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).  He holds a Ph.D.…

Shafi Al-Hsaien

Shafi Al-Hsaien

Manager of the Distribution Excellence Center and Acting Manager of Research and Development at the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) Shafi is the Manager of the Distribution Excellence Center and Acting Manager of Research and Development at the Saudi Electricity…

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