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posted: 9/1/2012 7:11 AM

Israel's solar power struggles against government

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  • Solar dishes are seen at a solar farm, which according to the manufacturer, are revolutionary in the way they efficiently produce maximum energy using a minimal area, in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne, Israel. Israel has a peak solar capacity of 212 megawatts, the vast majority of which comes from rooftop installations, that accounts for less than 2 percent of the nationwide capacity according to the government-owned Israel Electric Corporation.

      Solar dishes are seen at a solar farm, which according to the manufacturer, are revolutionary in the way they efficiently produce maximum energy using a minimal area, in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne, Israel. Israel has a peak solar capacity of 212 megawatts, the vast majority of which comes from rooftop installations, that accounts for less than 2 percent of the nationwide capacity according to the government-owned Israel Electric Corporation.
    associated press/April 2009

  • A visitor walks by a solar dish at a solar farm, which according to the manufacturer, are revolutionary in the way they efficiently produce maximum energy using a minimal area, in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne, Israel.

      A visitor walks by a solar dish at a solar farm, which according to the manufacturer, are revolutionary in the way they efficiently produce maximum energy using a minimal area, in Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne, Israel.
    associated press/April 2009

 
Associated Press

Israel has developed some of the world's most advanced solar energy equipment and enjoys a nearly endless supply of sunshine, but when it comes to deploying large-scale solar technology at home, the country remains in the dark ages. solar power provides just a tiny percentage of israel's energy needs, leaving it far behind colder, cloudier counterparts in europe. israeli solar companies, frustrated by government bureaucracy, have taken their expertise abroad.

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