Int'l tender issued for wind power mapping

Strategizing which locations most fit Israel’s geography will help increase renewable energy goals, ministry says.

November 25, 2011 03:56
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Wind turbines in the Golan Heights

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.

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“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 electricity.

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.

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