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Israel earmarks residential rooftops for electricity production

The new strategy of the Ministry of Energy includes encouraging residential buildings to install solar panels that would then be connected to the national electricity grid.
A view shows the solar tower of Israel's Ashalim power station surrounded by panels, in the Negev desert near the kibbutz of Ashalim on Aug. 20, 2022.

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel is stepping up efforts targeted at protecting the environment through the enhanced use of renewable energy. To that end, Israeli Minister for Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg arrived to Paris Dec. 5 to discuss the department’s Environmental Protection Review of Israel. Among other things, the review is expected to recommend advancing green energy policies in Israel while preserving open spaces.

Since the 1980s, as a result of mandatory solar water heating regulations, most homes and buildings in Israel have solar panels on their roofs to heat water. Also, since 2011, there are several on-ground solar farms in the south of the country. Another developing trend is that of kibbutzim and villages installing solar panels over their crops, and selling the generated energy to the national electricity grid. Still, generating electricity out of solar panels placed on the rooftops of private homes is rare in Israel.

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