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A 300MW quota for renewable energy development in Israel will move from the wind energy sector to that of solar power, it was announced today.
The move came after a top-level meeting on Sunday which included members of the country’s Ministerial Committee for Promoting Renewable Energy.
According to local reports, the decision will not only facilitate the state’s achievements of its renewable energy production targets for 2015 and 2020, but will also provide room for the development of solar facilities in Judea and Samaria.
The decision to shift the 300MW quota was part of a proposal made by Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau in early November regarding the country’s 2015 renewable energy targets.
"The resolution approved today is an important step for the supporters of renewable energy in the state,” Landau said.
“The drastic decline in solar tariffs will enable Israeli citizens to enjoy cleaner and cheaper electricity and come closer to meeting the 10% production target for electricity from renewable energy by 2020.”
In addition to approving the 300MW move, the committee also authorised Landau’s proposal to promote the installation of solar facilities in West Bank settlements, according to the Energy and Water Ministry.
“This is a reasonable and balanced decision that will advance the adherence to government targets for the years 2015 and 2020, and will do justice for the entrepreneurs in Judea and Samaria who suffer from a continuing injustice and damage to a basic human right,” Landau said.
According to the ministry’s estimates, the country is now set to meet 92% of its original renewable energy targets for 2015, which the government formulated in a 2009 decision.
By adding more solar to the energy mix, the ministry expressed hopes that Israel will have a realistic chance of achieving the 10% renewable goal for the year 2020.