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Poking above the bright pink bougainvillea that spills into the street, the lone minaret of the Ta'la Al-Ali mosque towers over the Khalda neighborhood of Amman.The structure is part of a wider effort by mosques along with many other buildings in the city to capitalize on Jordan's plentiful sunshine and shift toward renewable energy, in a bid to achieve Amman's goal of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2050 .Amman is one of more than 70 cities worldwide that are aiming to become "carbon neutral" by 2050, meaning they will produce no more climate-changing emissions than they can offset, such as by planting carbon-absorbing trees.GREEN SCHOOLSOn the other side of the city, the Al-Hoffaz international academy one of the first schools to go solar in Amman, in 2013 now gets almost 95 percent of its energy from renewable sources, said Khaled al-Salaymah, assistant general manager of the school.Manager Nabil Tarazi said the lodge's daily energy consumption was less than that of a two-bedroom apartment in Amman.
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