Knesset Installs Solar Panels to Save Energy

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein cuts the ribbon at an inauguration ceremony for solar panels on the roof of the Israeli parliament. The 4,650-square-yard field is the largest set of solar panels on any parliament in the world.  (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein cuts the ribbon at an inauguration ceremony for solar panels on the roof of the Israeli parliament. The 4,650-square-yard field is the largest set of solar panels on any parliament in the world. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of the Knesset, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world.

The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from its approximately 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset.

The Knesset is also advancing other energy-saving projects, like installing energy-saving lights, automatically shutting down lawmakers’ computers at the end of each workday, and using air conditioning systems to help irrigate the gardens surrounding the building.

The statement says the measures will reduce the Knesset’s energy use by one third.

Scientists will also conduct ecological research on the parliament roof.