November 20 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Belectric Solar & Battery GmbH, in partnership with Israel’s Solel Boneh, has completed what it says is Israel’s largest solar park -- a 120-MWp plant in near the village of Zeelim.
The photovoltaic (PV) farm is owned by Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy Ltd, which is the renewables unit of local infrastructure and real estate group Shikun & Binui. Belectric and Solel Boneh acted as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, through an integrated EPC joint venture. They brought the power plant online in the middle of October.
The construction of the plant, which is expected to generate more than 220 GWh of electricity annually, supports the Israeli government’s goal for 10% of the country’s power to come from renewables by 2020, said Ingo Alpheus, CEO of Belectric.
The Israeli unit of Belectric and Solel Boneh will take care of the solar park’s operations and maintenance (O&M).
Apart from the Zeelim project, the German firm noted it has already executed 24 solar schemes in Israel for a total capacity of about 270 MW.