Tel Aviv’s energy grid is in the crosshairs
Tel Aviv — Israel’s national electricity company has warned residents to reduce energy use as the nation braces for the arrival of an expected 100 megawatts of solar energy in the next year.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday that Tel Aviv would start installing solar panels by the end of 2018.
The first solar panels will be installed at a new solar farm in the city’s Beit Shemesh neighborhood, the minister said, according to the Ynet news agency.
“It will be a big deal,” Steinitz told the Israeli daily Haaretz.
“This is the first solar farm to be built in Israel, and we want to be able to showcase it to other countries.”
The minister said the goal was to install 100 megawatt-hours of solar panels annually by 2022.
Steinitz did not provide an estimate on how much money the new solar panels would cost, but the Tel Aviv Daily newspaper reported that it was estimated that the first one would cost around 2.7 million shekels ($4.8 million).
The country’s grid is heavily dependent on solar energy, which is produced through solar panels and electricity from the sun.
A new solar energy plant in the south of Israel that will produce electricity from solar panels.
As of now, the country’s main grid is powered mainly by natural gas and coal.
But Steinitz noted that there was a large amount of solar power in Israel and that it could be converted to electricity if the country decides to develop it.
There are also plans to expand solar power generation, he said.
Israel’s renewable energy sources include wind power, geothermal power and hydroelectric power.