Public Utility Authority approves 100-mw wind farm

The Public Utility Authority has granted a conditional license to a 102-megawatt wind farm in the Golan's Emek HaBacha, which will eventually be capable of providing power to 40,000 households in Israel, the authority said.
The farm, to be built by Emek HaBacha Wind Energies, will consist of 34 turbines that each have a capacity of 3 megawatts and stand about 80 meters tall with 40-meter blades.
The site will be located in an expansive valley at about 1,000 meters above sea level, which is today partially used for agriculture, the PUA said. Ultimately, the project developer seeks to expand the farm by six additional turbines, in order to generate 280 million kilowatt-hours annually, which is equivalent to the power necessary for 40,000 households, the authority added.
The new farm falls under the government's 800-megawatt quota for wind energy, for which the PUA has received project proposals worth hundreds of megawatts, the authority said.
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