ISRAEL - Largest Photovoltaic Power Plant Opens

Arno Froese

The largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Israel, set to provide solar energy to approximately 60,000 households, has been granted a permanent license to generate electricity by the Electricity Authority and the Energy Ministry.

The plant is capable of supplying 120 megawatts of power, twice the output of Israel’s previously most powerful PV plant at Mashabei Sadeh. The most commonly used form of solar generation technology, PV plants directly convert sunlight into usable electricity through large quantities of solar cells.

“This is another significant project that will generate electricity for tens of thousands of Israeli homes with clean energy,” said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. “We will continue to work to advance renewable energy in Israel and, in light of actions taken so far, I am currently looking at increasing the target for 2030 set by the government.”

The $1.13 billion plant, a public-private partnership (PPP), was constructed by Negev Energy, a special purpose company held by Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, Israeli investment fund Noy Fund and Spanish engineering group TSK.

The plant near Ashalim absorbs solar energy through over 450,000 rotating parabolic mirrors, forming long troughs and collector loops. Synthetic oil inside the loops is heated to 390°, and by using heat exchangers, thermal energy is mixed with water to power steam turbines and produce electricity., 15 October 2019

Arno's commentary

From virtually total energy imports, Israel is on the way to becoming energy independent—even exporting energy. Wikipedia explains, “Solar PV has specific advantages as an energy source: once installed, its operation generates no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions, it shows simple scalability in respect of power needs and silicon has large availability in the Earth’s crust.” Once again, we see Israel striving for leadership in the most important item in the industrial world: energy. 

Here we are reminded of Israel’s neighbors: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. When it comes to high-tech, these countries are lagging far behind Israel. Particularly Syria and Lebanon, who busy themselves trying to disturb, terrorize, and condemn Israel unceasingly. Their mental energy would be better spent promoting a more civilized society, functioning in the proper, democratic way.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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