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Israel sets out policy to derive 10% of energy from clean power sources

18 Jul 2011

Israel has approved a long term clean energy plan that will see it derive ten per cent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.

The plan is both to reduce gas emissions and air pollution as well as inevitably make the country more energy secure.

The goal is now to produce 2.76GW of Israel’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, with the government committing to pump money into the sector.

According to a release by The Israel Project, an inter-ministerial team will oversee the evaluation and development of innovative Israeli technologies.

Last year, the government pledged $602.2m towards the adoption of green energy and today an extra $3m will be used to develop model facilities for innovative technologies.

The country has worked hard to increase its solar power through the use of both photovoltaic and thermosolar technology.

It is also in the final stages of a bid for the 250MW solar complex at Ashelim, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the country when it gets off the ground.

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