Israel Announces First Solar Bidding Target 1.6 GW


Israel Announces First Solar Bidding Target 1.6 GW

According to the Global Press, the Israeli government has approved a new plan to increase the capacity of 1.6 GW of solar power in three years, mainly rooftop solar.

Energy and infrastructure minister Yuval Steinitz introduced the policy to raise Israel's electricity generation to meet the country's renewable energy goals. Rooftop solar quotas will fall into two categories: small residential PV installations and large rooftop commercial projects. The capacity of the large roof project will be billed by the Utilities Authority, which will be Israel's first such auction.

Small roof PV installation project is not the external tender. They will get a fixed price for the grid.

The utility administration said the contract period for small and large roof-top power plants and ground-based facilities will be fixed at 20 to 25 years.

Israel has set a total of 10% of total renewable energy production by 2020, but currently only 3% of renewables generate power. Currently under construction capacity of 700 megawatts.