Israel is no stranger to wind power, but using it as a source of viable alternative energy has been criticized by green groups such as SPNI for several reasons. One major reason is that Israel is a flyway for millions of migrating birds heading to Europe via Africa and vice-versa. And no system is in place to protect these birds.
Despite its criticism, Israeli businessman Shlomo Shmeltzer et al. are planning on developing $100 million wind turbine farm in the Arava desert to produce 50 megawatts of energy, The Marker reports. The project will be financed by Afcon Industries, Shmeltzer’s company.
Shmeltzer also plans to build a 100 megawatt plant in Israel’s north; according to the report Israel’s Infrastructure Ministry is planning for 300 MW of wind power for the nation by 2012 to account for 5% of Israel’s total electricity needs.
Read here why wind and Israel might not mix (it’s about the birds).