While Israelis wait for the natural gas finds in the Mediterranean to deliver energy self-sufficiency, the government continues to pursue a diversified policy, which includes solar and wind energy.
Approval of what will be the country’s biggest wind farm is another step in that direction, according to a Jerusalem Post report.
The Northern District Planning and Building Committee gave the green light for construction of a 120-megawatt wind farm powered by 41 turbines on 100 acres of land in the Emek HaBacha region.
Unprecedented in size, the project is earmarked for about $336 million, and is the initiative of the firm Kinetic Energies under the authority of Isaac Sitton, chairman and owner of Hadas Arazim Investment House.
Approval was secured after an extensive review process after which the Defense Ministry withdrew its objections to the project, according to the developers.
“The district committee approval is an important step toward the construction of the project, and now the focus will be on obtaining an electricity license and financial closure,” said Gadiel Blustein, an attorney for the developers.
If all goes as planned, the farm will be able to begin operations in 2015, Blustein added.