Wind turbines in the Golan Heights 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)
The National Infrastructure Ministry issued on Tuesday an international tender
for a company to implement a national wind mapping survey that would highlight
the prime locations for turbines in Israel.
Strategizing which locations
most fit Israel’s geography “will be a vital tool in implementing the government
decision that 10 percent of Israel’s electricity be generated from renewable
sources by 2020,” the ministry said in a statement. This decision follows a July
cabinet vote to go forth with entirely overhauled renewable energy allocations
for the country, which included among its measures 800 additional megawatts to
erect wind farms.
“Energy produced from wind turbines is the most
inexpensive and worthwhile form of renewable energy,” said National
Infrastructure Minister Dr. Uzi Landau. “The results of the survey will be
important for both the state and entrepreneurs alike. For the first time since
the idea of renewable energy sources began to develop in Israel, the state will
give potential entrepreneurs the essential information about the best conditions
under which to produce wind-generated electricity.”
Landau said the
survey will in effect allow Israel to cheaply produce the cleanest
Information about the tender will be posted online for
entrepreneurs, researchers and the general public, and the winner of the tender
will be responsible for updating its model and for training Israeli
professionals as to how to use it until 2015, the ministry said.