rahat city view 298 aj.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Rahat Mayor Sheikh Faiz Abu Seheban called a press conference on Thursday to
publicize a letter he had sent on behalf of the Beduin community to Minority
Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor).
“I sent a letter asking for a
special quota of solar energy specifically for Beduin,” the mayor told The
Jerusalem Post by phone.
“All of the kibbutzim and moshavim have already
bought up the existing quotas.
So I asked Braverman to work towards
reserving a quota just for the Beduin community,” he said.
solar energy market would create jobs for Beduin residents and save on
electricity. The Beduin are the poorest community in Israel,” he added. The
Beduin would lease their land to private solar developers and work at the solar
Seheban said he hoped for a positive response from Braverman who
he said had a good grasp of what went on in the Negev. Braverman is the former
president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Seheban said they were
turning to private companies as well to encourage investment.
families recently signed land deals to build solar fields with the Arava
Company, becoming the first such families to do so with any Israeli
The government has announced a goal of 10 percent of electricity
to be produced from renewable sources by 2020. To reach that goal, the
government has allocated quotas for small and medium sized solar fields
guaranteed to buy the electricity that is produced for the next 20