Israel to build energy communities in villages destroyed by Hamas


The Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure said this week that it will rebuild villages destroyed by Hamas on Oct. 7 and turn them into self-sufficient energy communities. The ministry said that a central part of the program will be the deployment of at least 5 GW of solar capacity.

“We want to enhance the energy independent of the area, enabling it to act as an ‘energy island' in times of need,” the ministry said in a document. “Such island will be able to produce and consume electricity intendedly of the grid.”

The ministry said it is developing a multi-year program for the project. It aims to build 5 GW by 2030, including rooftop and ground-mounted PV systems. It also mentioned plans to build PV fences and bicycle lanes, as well as PV equipment production and energy storage solutions.

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Some villages will become microgrids with buildings incorporating PV panels and storage units for self-sufficiency. The rebuilt structures will use high-energy-efficient materials. The program aims to develop electric car infrastructure, green public transportation, connect villages to natural gas, and upgrade water and sewerage systems.

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“Together with the residents of those villages, we will make the Gaza Envelope into an ‘energy Island,' a global renewable energy model,” Minister Israel Katz said. “We will build storage infrastructure, R&D centers, gas infrastructure, and more.”

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