AMMAN (JT) – An energy society will soon demonstrate ways to harness the heat of the sun to cool down homes, under an agreement signed on Sunday.

The Jordanian Renewable Energy Society (JRES) and a Spanish firm have completed an agreement for the domestic adaptation of absorption solar cooling, a technology which JRES believes can be adopted across the country.

Under the agreement, signed yesterday by JRES President HRH Prince Asem Ben Nayef and representatives of the firm, the society will adopt the environment-friendly technology at its new headquarters in west Amman, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The cooling system marks the third renewable energy project to be applied at the society’s headquarters, which aims to serve as a “green house” open to the public to demonstrate various domestic applications of alternative energy, JRES Director Mohammad Taani told The Jordan Times previously.

Rather than relying on electric and water networks, the JRES “green house”, to be built in west Amman, relies on its design and location for cooling and heating purposes.

In addition to harvesting rainwater for various domestic uses, the JRES headquarters will utilise photovoltaic solar technology to produce electricity for lighting and a three-five kilowatt windmill for electricity generation.

The society will also establish a laboratory to measure wind speeds and solar radiation and compile a database for renewable energy technology applications to bolster local research and development in the field.

JRES was founded to help the country reach the goals of the national energy strategy which stipulates that renewable energy should account for 7 per cent of the Kingdom’s energy mix by 2015 and 10 per cent by 2020. The society also works to promote the Kingdom into a regional hub for green energy.