University of Jordan Goes Green
Jordan is relatively poor in conventional energy resources and is basically a non-oil producing country, it has been a pioneer in using solar energy, since the 80s tens of thousands of homes has been using solar energy to heat water and many local companies has been investing in that field.
Recently The energy center of the University of Jordan launched green restaurant and the green street with a vision to turn the university into a green zone.
The energy center chose the main street in the university campus the environmental street to be lighted by using Photovoltaic. Theses Photovoltaic are connected with a group of batteries which works as a storage of electrical energy that is generated by the photovoltaic, so electricity stored in batteries is used to light the main street at night.
As for the Green or Solar Cafeteria, it was built on 30 Square meter, it used Photovoltaic in order to produce electricity, solar cookers in order to offer hot meals, and the classical Flate plate collectors to heat water for dish washing.
According to the center director Dr. Ahmed Al-Salaymeh The energy center is is also working in R&D project for a Solar car project, intended to investigate the commercial applications for solar powered vehicles.
(Disclosure I am a graduate of the University of Jordan with BA in Economics.)