Palestine issues tender for 35 MW of rooftop solar

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The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to invite potential EPC contractors to construct turnkey solar PV rooftop systems on public schools across Palestine.

Overall, the projects are expected to be deployed on 500 rooftops over the next three to four years, and will have a combined capacity of 35 MW.

The tender is part of an agreement between Palestine’s Ministry Of Education and Massader – a PIF susbsidiary company, established for the development of natural resources and infrastructure projects – to select five qualified EPC contractors for the projects. The average installed capacity per school rooftop is expected to be 70 kW. Interested EPC companies should submit their proposals by May 13, 2018.

The project was originally announced by PIF in January.

Palestine is already supporting rooftop PV through a partnership between the World Bank, the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company and the Palestinian Authority. The US$2.5 million pilot program aims to provide more power supply to the troubled area of Gaza.

According to the United Nations Climate Action Programme, 1,000 PV installations with a capacity of 1 kW each will be installed in critical areas under the program.

Palestine and the Gaza Strip are in a chronic need of a stable power supply, since the energy infrastructure has been repeatedly damaged over the past years, as a consequence of the conflicts with Israel.

In July of last year, Turkey-based developer, Zorlu Energy, a unit of the industrial conglomerate Zorlu, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Palestinian utility, Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) – which provides 30% of households in West Bank and East Jerusalem with electricity – for the construction of an unspecified number of solar plants.