This article was first published by The Times of Israel and is re-posted with permission.
If there is one thing Israel has in abundance, it’s sunlight. This was not lost on the country’s founders, who laid the groundwork for solar energy use soon after the Jewish state was founded in 1948. But seven decades later, Israel is lagging behind other Western countries with respect to making the most out of this powerful, renewable resource.
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In an effort to change this gloomy situation, the Public Utilities Authority — a government agency more commonly known as the Electricity Authority — is now calling on private homeowners to join the energy market by installing electricity-generating solar panels on their roofs.
A signatory to the 2016 Paris Climate Accords, Israel committed to optimizing its energy consumption and generating at least 10 percent of its electricity using renewable energy sources by 2020.
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