Tender Published for Solar Power Station
The Ministry of National Infrastructures has cancelled its original plan
for Solel Solar Systems to build the solar power station without a
by David Hayoun
1 Feb 05 13:26
The Ministry of National Infrastructures recently issued a request for
proposals for the construction of a 100-megawatt (MW) solar power
station, which could be expanded to 500 MW.
A 500-MW power station would be one of the largest power stations in
Israel, and the largest private power station.
The ministry has cancelled its original plan for Solel Solar Systems to
build the solar power station without a tender.
Solel Solar Systems developed the technology for this type of power
The solar power station will be built at Ashalim in the Negev.
The estimated cost of a 100-MW power station is $200 million, and $1
billion for a 500-MW power station. Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
was originally due to build the power station, but IEC agreed to do so
only if the Public Utilities Authority
(Electricity) would recognize all costs, because solar energy cost more
to produce electricity than conventional fuels, such as coal, natural
gas, and crude oil.
Under the Ministry of National Infrastructures tender, IEC will be
required to buy the electricity from the solar power station.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news
February 1, 2005