May 27 (Renewables Now) - The first solar park in the Palestinian Territories, having a capacity of 7.5 MW, will be put on stream in June, local news agency Wafa reports.
The Noor Jericho photovoltaic (PV) park, being constructed in Jericho governorate, will be part of a 200-MW scheme, Noor Palestine, that will be installed over the next eight years. The total cost will reach USD 200 million (EUR 178.4m), according to Mohammad Mustafa, board chairman of the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF).
Massader, PIF's natural resources and infrastructure development arm, is behind the PV project.
The 7.5-MW Noor Jericho project required an investment of USD 10 million. The plant’s 20,000 PV panels will generate electricity that will be distributed by Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) and supplied to the Istishari Hospital, Birzeit Pharmaceutical Co and the National Bank, according to the report.
In addition to several large-scale solar power plants, Noor Palestine is planned to also include 35 MW of rooftop arrays at 500 public schools.
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