New 50MW solar park near Israel’s Timna copper mines seeks partners

The Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative announced yesterday that a tender will be issued to set up and operate the Timna Solar Park, a new 50 Megawatt PV Tracker solar energy field in southern Israel. This is expected to be the first phase of a 170MW project.

The new Timna Solar Park will be located on a 1000 dunam (247 acre) plot of land adjacent to the site of the former Timna Mines, which is approximately 28 km (18 miles) north of Eilat.

Timna residents have already fought against gondolas in the desert. We wonder what they will feel about solar power fields.

Photos of the proposed site below.

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The tender will be open to only PV Tracker solar systems and the cost of the bid will cover only the acquisition of the land. The tariff per installed kilowatt has already been determined by the government of Israel according to regulations established in 2012 for solar energy harvested by PV Tracker systems.

The allocation of the land and project have already been approved by the Israeli Land Authority.

Timna Solar Park Tender Details

The tender to build and operate the Timna Solar Park is scheduled to be published on October 19. The tender is open to qualified bidders worldwide, while the Timna industrial zone, where the Timna Solar Park will be located, will be managed by the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative.

Detailed maps of the area and a completed environmental impact report will be provided to qualified bidders as part of the bid process. Each bidder will be required to submit a detailed plan of its proposed technology and systems to the Israeli National Planning Committee for approval.

“We are very proud to announce this tender for the Timna Solar Park and significantly expand the amount of solar energy produced in the Arava and Eilat regions, which currently stands at 65 megawatts,” explained Dorit Davidovich-Banet, CEO of The Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative: “The new Timna Solar Park offers bidders and their investors an attractive opportunity to build a profitable solar energy field supported by excellent infrastructure and a dynamic renewable energy ecosystem.”

“The Timna Solar Park will substantially increase Israel’s renewable energy production and will play an important role in diversifying the country’s energy mix,” said Eitan Parnass, Director General of the Green Energy Association of Israel. “This project also holds the potential to serve as the basis for international cooperation throughout the region with connectivity and supply of solar energy to the national grids of neighboring countries.”

At the Eilat-Eilot Green Energy Conference, there will be a special conference session dedicated to discussing the project details and bidding process for the Timna Solar Park. This conference session is scheduled for 1pm on December 9. The following day at 8am on December 10, bidders will be taken on a tour of the Timna Solar Park site.

Israel’s PV sector has to date installed about 500 MW in the entire country and is viewed as a promising destination for solar PV firms. However as newcomers to the business in Israel learn, the Israeli PV policy landscape is fraught with complications, with many various support schemes and details.

Potential bidders are invited to request additional information by sending an email to [email protected]

Image of Timna Park from Shutterstock

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