500MW Solar PV Project
On Monday 19 September, the Israeli Ministry of Finance reported that the Israeli Government is preparing to launch a tender for a solar project of up to 500MW to be developed near the city of Dimona in the Negev desert.
It is not yet known whether the facility will be comprised of a single power station or a number of smaller ones, though it is set to be spread over an area of 2.3 square miles making the project the largest solar development in the country and one of the largest in the world.
The successful tender will build the solar photovoltaic (PV) complex under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. It will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the power generation capacity for a defined period, after which the assets will become state-owned.
The Ministry of Finance will release details on the pre-qualification round of the tender process in the upcoming months.
40MW Solar PV Plant
Israel’s Ministry of Finance has also revealed details of an additional 40MW solar PV plant to be built near the town of Ashalim in the south of the country.
10 companies have already pre-qualified to compete in the tender which is set to take place before the end of 2016 with the tender process being completed in time for the facility to be operational in 2018.
These announcements are the latest examples of Israel’s efforts towards achieving its national target of producing 10% of all electricity from renewable sources by 2020.