Solar Panels 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Installations of NIS 35 million worth of solar systems have gotten underway on
the roofs of 48 capital city schools and community centers under the
administration of the Moriah Jerusalem Development Company, the group announced
Despite the acknowledged high installation costs, the
investment should return on itself within 10 years, and Moriah has a contract
with Israel Electric Corporation for 20 years, the company said.
far, the schools whose systems have already been installed include Denmark,
Keshet, Beit hinuch, Gymnasia, Geulim, Paula Ben-Gurion, Darchei Noam and
Neurim. All of the schools will integrate the new solar systems into their
studies to enrich their knowledge of the field of renewable energy, according to
a statement from Moriah.
“We are talking about a ‘green’ project that
improves the environment and man,” the statement said. “The production of
electricity by means of solar systems doesn’t pollute or harm the environment
and is completely friendly to the people in surrounding areas.”
completed, the system is expected to generate about 2.5 megawatts of electricity
per hour, and each relevant building will receive a monitor to display the
mechanism’s real-time performance, according to the company.
solar firms have won tenders to provide the actual photovoltaic systems to
Moriah, the first of the three to work on the project so far has been Inbar
Solar Energy, the statement said.
“The solar panels significantly reduce
the use of electricity that is produced by polluting means and therefore will
contribute to the reduction in quantities of greenhouse gas emissions,” said
Naomi Tsur, deputy mayor for planning and environment, also in the statement.
“Remember, the city of Jerusalem signed the Forum-15 pact, which requires it to
reduce emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020. Our role as a city is to do all
that is possible in order to bring us to this destination.”
Forum-15 is a
group of 15 of Israel’s most populous and developed cities, all of whom signed
an agreement on February 13, 2008 to meet the aforementioned standard, according
to the organization’s website.
“Moriah is committed to protecting the
environment and is determined to promote green projects, to improve quality of
life for residents of the capital city,” said Alex Weisman, CEO of
“We are happy that this important project is underway and hope to
bring it to completion as soon as possible, for the benefit of the capital’s
While about 25 of the school and community center roofs are
already completed and connected to the grid, the rest should be completed by
mid- September, and the company meanwhile is in the process of getting approval
to begin an additional 40 in the beginning of 2012, Weisman told The Jerusalem
Post on Monday evening.
“I think it’s the biggest project in a
municipality in Israel – it’s going very fast,” he said.
“We started in
July during the school vacation and promised we would finish it before the
beginning of the educational year, and we are on target.”