Sunny Israel is building the world’s largest solar tower, in an effort to boast making a forward leap, deploying a large-scale project constructing a tower, that must represent the symbolic Jewish renewable energy ambition.

With Israel traditionally running its economy on fossil fuels, renewable energy has long been blocked by bureaucracy showing a lack of incentives. But now, finally the country is starting to make an effort setting a goal of generating 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

After the discovery of natural gas deposits offshore northeast the Gaza strip, Israel now gets 70% of its energy from cheaper, partially confiscated Palestinian natural gas.

The Ashalim project, deep in the Negev desert is made up of three plots, each with a different solar technology. The solar project is expected to be finished in 2018. Ashalim is set to generate 310 megawatts, which is about 1.6% of the country’s energy consumption, enough for about 130.000 households, or roughly 5% of Israel’s population.

Megalim Solar Power Ltd., which is building one part of the project, reported that is intends to cooperate with Israel’s commitment to CO2 reduction and promote renewable energy. The centerpiece is a solar tower that will be the world’s tallest @ 250 meters. Encircling the tower are 50.000 mirrors, known as heliostats.

Another solar-thermal plot @ Ashalim, managed by Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy will be able to store energy, even when the sun goes down. A third plot will use photovoltaic solar technology to produce energy. Israel has the potential to become a sunshine superpower.

For now countries with cooler have outpaced Israel. Germany for example gets nearly 30% from renewable energy.

ABC / Crickey Conservation Society.


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