Construction begins on 55 MW PV plant in Israel

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Construction of a 55 MW solar PV facility in Israel got underway this week, with Spain’s Grupo Clavijo supplying its SP 1000 trackers to the project.

The Halutziot plant will cover an area of 6 km² in southern Israel near the Negev Desert, and deliver clean solar energy to 55,000 local households, producing an estimated 110,000 MWh of power per annum. The Israel Electric Corporation has agreed a PPA for the electricity, delivered via a newly built, high-voltage grid substation.

Grupo Clavijo’s single axis trackers will be used throughout the installation, adding to the company’s 400 MW portfolio of installed single and dual-axis trackers in place at PV plants around the world.

The plant will also boast 180,000 crystalline modules and is owned by Eurocom Group, an Israeli holding company. Eurocom has awarded EPC and operating and maintenance contracts to German engineering company M+W Group, and project shareholder Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Eurocom.

Earlier this month, Israeli energy officials transferred a significant portion of the country’s renewable energy quota over to the PV sector in a move that added 180 MW to solar’s overall installation target as the government looks to tap into its abundant solar resource.