Northern Israel: Not a cloudless desert, but still fertile ground for solar power.
While southern Israel is the focus of the country’s most ambitious solar energy plans, including the Ashelim project and activity in the Eilot regional council, northern Israel is also drawing some attention: Gilatz Investments, an Israeli property developer, plans to begin constructing two photovoltaic (PV) power plants in northern Israel, the Bloomberg news service reported this week.
According to Bloomberg (which transliterates the public company’s Hebrew name as “Gelats”), two rooftop PV systems are planned with a capacity of 1.12 megawatts and 1.3 megawatts, respectively.
Spain, Italy – and now Israel
Gilatz, a public company traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, has already developed 15 megawatts of installed PV capacity in Spain in partnership with the Israel-based Shikun & Binui construction company, and it has purchased a number of solar parks in Italy. The project in northern Israel marks its first solar venture outside of Europe.
Bloomberg reports that construction is expected to start on the Israeli PV plants within several weeks, but that Gilatz would not divulge details about the cost of the project or the name of the local contractor it has partnered with for this project.
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