120-megawatt wind farm in the North receives approval

The Northern District Planning and Building Committee in recent weeks approved the future construction of a 120-megawatt wind farm powered by 41 turbines on 40.3 hectares of land in the Emek Habaha region.
The approval occurred after an extensive review process that examined all elements of the project, and by the conclusion of which the Defense Ministry removed its objections to the project, according to the developers. Such a wind energy program is thus far unparalleled in Israel, they explained.
The project is slated to cost about 250 million euros, and is the initiative of the firm Kinetic Energies, under the authority of Isaac Sitton, chairman and owner of Hadas Arazim Investment House Ltd.
“The district committee approval is an important step toward the construction of the project, and now the focus will be on obtaining an electricity license and financial closure,” said Gadiel Blustein, an attorney for the developers.
If all goes as planned, the farm will be able to begin operations in 2015, Blustein added.
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