Germany-based BELECTRIC Solar & Battery has secured an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to develop a 120MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm near Zeélim, Israel.
The utility scale facility will be built by a BELECTRIC’s Israeli subsidiary in a joint venture with Israel-based construction and civil engineering firm Solel Boneh.
Construction is expected to begin in the upcoming months, while commissioning is scheduled by 2019.
The plant will be owned by Israel’s Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy and will be the one of the largest solar projects in the country.
It will be able to generate more than 220GWh of clean electricity per year, as well as create hundreds of construction jobs and new working opportunities during operation.
BELECTRIC Solar & Battery CEO Ingo Alphéus said: “Zeélim is the largest single photovoltaic (PV) project in our company history outside of Germany.
“We are very proud that this EPC contract has been awarded to us. This is in line with our strategy to significantly grow our business in key solar markets such as Israel.
“As Israel’s largest solar plant, this project marks an important step to provide eco and grid-friendly electricity to Israel and help the country to reach their target of a 10% share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020.”
Since 2013, BELECTRIC has completed 17 projects in Israel with a total installed capacity of around 200MW.