AMMAN — Starting next year, Jordanians will find it easier to install solar panels at their houses for heating water, according to the Jordan River Foundation (JRF).

Under a new project to be implemented in early 2013, charitable societies across the country will contract with manufacturers of solar panels and sell them to interested families through instalments.

“The majority of Jordanian families do not have the financial capabilities to buy solar panels that range in price from JD300 to JD500… the project will enable them to purchase these panels through affordable monthly payments,” JRF Director General Ghaleb Qudah told The Jordan Times on Wednesday.

The project will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and about 70 charitable societies across the country.

The ministry will provide the JRF with the funds required for implementing the project and the JRF will give the money to the charities, which will be in charge of buying solar panels for citizens and receiving monthly instalments from them, Qudah said.

“The JRF will monitor the process of purchasing the solar panels and follow up on the implementation of the project,” he added, stressing the importance of saving energy.

“In Jordan, there is sunshine throughout the year, and by installing solar panels, people can heat water with solar energy instead of using electricity, which will eventually lead to a big drop in power consumption,” Qudah noted.

“Jordan is suffering because of the repeated cuts in the supply of natural gas from Egypt and has had to resort to buying more expensive fuel, which increased the energy bill. Solar panels in households will help reduce this burden,” he said.

An agreement will be signed soon to implement the project, according to Qudah.