Will A $20M Solar Field Rekindle Israel’s Alternative Energy Market?

By DAVID SHAMAH, Times of Israel May 27, 2013 Comments

In one of the biggest single deals in recent years in the Israeli solar industry, Suntech announced that it would develop two large photovoltaic projects for the Israeli construction company Shikun Binui.

Suntech will build a five-megawatt photovoltaic field at Kibbutz Sde Boker, and a six-megawatt version at Kibbutz Hatzerim in the Negev.

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The solar panels will be supplied by Enerpoint Israel, a large distributor of Suntech products in Israel. The projects will generate up to 19.91 gigawatt/hours of electricity per year, replacing about 13,000 tons of coal, Enerpoint said.

Suntech and Shikun Binui did not put a price tag on the deal, but industry insiders told The Times of Israel that it was worth about $20 million. If so, it would be one of the largest single deals ever in the solar energy field in Israel.

In recent years, the luster has worn off the alternative energy industry, both in Israel and around the world. A recent report by Bloomberg points to a precipitous fall in investments in solar and other alternative energy projects worldwide, with 22 percent less invested in alternative energy projects in the first quarter of 2013 compared to a year earlier. The $40.6 billion invested during the period was the lowest amount in four years, Bloomberg said.

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Via The Times of Israel

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