The West Bank city of Jericho is using a 710kW solar power plant to generate renewable energy for Jerusalem's Palestinian population.
One of the largest Middle Eastern solar projects, the plant is named the ‘Dead Sea’ PV power plant, owing to Jericho's location next to the Dead Sea, 250 meters below sea level.
Palestinian firm Msader for Energy System, located in West Bank city, Tulkarm completed the solar power plant installation.
Commissioned in September the Dead Sea solar power plant was donated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) education initiative, ‘Future for Palestine’.
The German PV manufacturer, Kaco new energy provided its 13 Powador 60.0 TL3 inverters to withstand the harsh climate in Jericho.
It is hoped the renewable energy supply can be an olive branch for peace in the disputed territory.
Zouhair Kefi, CEO of KACO new energy Dubai said: “The sun is the true wealth here. And affordable energy for everyone is one of the founding stones of a peaceful future.”
Abdelnaser Dwaikat, managing director of Msader, added: “There is a huge potential for investment in solar energy and the dedication of the Palestinian Energy Authority for this sector.”