BrightSource Energy, Alstom Collaborate On 121MW Solar Thermal Power Plant In Israel

From Clean Technica Website –

Megalim Solar Power Limited, a special purpose vehicle of BrightSource Energy and Alstom, has won a tender for the construction of a 121MW solar thermal power plant in Israel that is expected to come online in 2017. It is one of the three projects selected under Israel’s Ashalim 250MW tender announced in 2008.

The project will be located in the Ramat Negev Regional Council 3.15 square kilometer site in Nagev Desert of Israel.

The announcement of the contract was made last month by the Israel Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Water.


Mr. Shaul Tzemach, Director General of the Ministry of Energy and WaterResources, said: “Winning the tender at this time can be seen as a vote of confidence in the Israeli economy, especially in Israel’s renewable energy sector, which, despite all the difficulties, continues to establish itself as competitive, efficient, and innovative at the global level. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources will continue to act with determination to meet the renewable energy targets set by the government.”

In awarding the project, the agencies noted: “The principal advantage of [BrightSource’s] solar thermal technology is its high reliability which enables it to constitute a real substitute to conventional power plants which consume fossil fuels, as opposed to some other renewable energy technologies.”

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