Tender Issued for Largest Solar Field in Israel

YERUSHALAYIM -
Heliostat mirrors reflect their surroundings in a field at the construction site of a 240-meter (787-feet) solar-power tower in Israel’s southern Negev Desert. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

A tender for construction of what will be the largest solar field in Israel was issued in recent days by a joint committee of the Finance and Energy Ministries. The field is to be constructed near Dimona, and will include, for the first time in such projects, a stipulation that storage for harvested energy be built as part of the solar field.

The field will spread across 3,000 dunams of empty land, and will generate 300 megawatts of electricity, generating more power than any other solar field in the country. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2023.

Asaf Eilat, chairman of the Electricity Authority, said that construction of the field “is part of our ongoing commitment to renewable energy. We are aiming to reach the government’s goals for achieving levels of renewable energy by 2030, with projects such as these on land, as well as with photovalaic systems installed on the roofs of homes and public buildings.”