‘Increase solar energy to achieve 2014 goal’

July 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The government must allow for 900 more megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy
production in order to meet its goal of supplying 5 percent of the country’s
electricity through renewable energy sources by 2014, the Renewable Energy
Association of Israel said on Sunday.

REAI, under the leadership of Eitan
Parness, published its July 2012 report on the status of Israel’s renewable
energy market, ahead of a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on the Promotion,
Development and Implementation of Renewable Energy meeting expected to occur on
Monday. In the report, REAI provides an overall picture of the state’s renewable
energy environment as well as the various barriers blocking its
growth.

“It would be impossible to reach the target set for the year 2014
without regulating the production of 900 more megawatts in photovoltaic
technology,” the organization said.

After four years of renewable energy
activity in Israel, only 1% of the country’s electricity comes from these
sources, according to the report, which REAI has sent to all relevant government
ministries and authorities. The report lists structural and fundamental
obstacles to the development of the field, most notably including the lack of
legislative anchors to help achieve the government’s objectives, as well as a
problematic lack of coordination among the regulatory bodies and various
ministries.

The report also points out that there is a lack of any new
energy regulations on the horizon.

In a business as usual scenario, the
country’s expected electricity demand in 2014 will be 66 terawatt-hours, while
in an increased energy efficiency scenario, it would be 57.9 terawatt- hours,
according to the report. Respectively, 5% of these amounts would be 3.3
terawatt-hours and 2.89 terawatt- hours. Looking at currently allocated and
planned amounts of renewable energy production, the country would be missing 1.4
terawatt-hours and 0.9 terawatt-hours of renewable energy in each of these
cases, equivalent to 900 MW and 600 MW of installed capacity, respectively, the
report explains.

“We call upon members of the ministerial committee to
take action to remove barriers and make courageous and historical decisions
toward the advancement of the field, in order to enable the government to stand
by the decision it made to produce electricity from renewable energy at a scale
of 10% of electricity needs of the country in 2020 and 5% already in 2014,”
Parness said.

Only by taking these plans forward can Israel “move toward
energy independence,” he added.

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