Conversion of Israeli Road Junctions into Solar Power Plants

New Breakthrough in Energy Efficiency: Solar Power Plants on Highways

The Ministry of Transport recently announced the winner of the tender for the construction of photovoltaic power plants on highway interchanges that fall under the responsibility of Netivei Israel, a state-owned company. The study revealed that Netivei Israel owns more than 5,000 dunams of land that currently cannot be used for commercial purposes due to lack of access. As a result, it was decided to utilize these areas for the construction of solar power plants.

The first stage will involve equipping 13 junctions with photovoltaic elements, producing 85 megawatts of electricity. The selected junctions include Beit Kama, Gedera, Yagur, Neot Hovav, Sara, Rahat, HaZeitim, Adumim, Shimshon, Shaar HaGai, Dror, Raanana Darom and Jaljulia. Doral Energy has been chosen as the winner of the tender and will receive a license to build power plants and maintain them for 25 years.

Notably, 14 years ago Netivei Israel (then called MAAC) considered using wind turbines to generate electricity using road infrastructure but this idea wasn’t implemented.

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