The Government of Israel has invited local as well as global entities to show interest in developing a solar & storage project with around 300 MW capacity in Negev Desert. Pictured is the landscape around Jordan Valley in Israel. (Photo Credit: Eddie Stigson/www.goodfreephotos.com)
- Israel’s Ministry of Energy has issued a tender to develop close to 300 MW solar PV capacity
- It may have an energy storage component whose capacity is not specified in the tender documents
- The project will be located near the city of Dimona in Negev Desert
- Bidders qualifying this pre-qualification round will move on to the bid submission stage
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Israel has invited private sector participation for a newly launched tender for a grid-connected solar power project with close to 300 MW capacity with storage component. The Ministry of Energy is seeking local and global entities and joint ventures to participate in the pre-qualification process. Capacity of the storage system is not specified.
Scope of work involves financing the project, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the plant, and transferring the project to the government on completion. As per tender conditions, the project will be developed on a public private participation (PPP) basis.
Location of the project is identified as a 2,763,000 m2 site near the city of Dimona in the Negev Desert.
Last date to submit pre-qualification documents is May 26, 2020. Details of the tender can be viewed online on the government website.
In November 2019, Belectric and Shikun & Binui commissioned a 120 MW solar power plant near Zeelim village. They claimed it is the country’s largest solar project (see Israel Gets Country’s ‘Largest’ Solar Project).
Earlier GTM of Wood Mackenzie Business quoted a senior official of Israel’s energy ministry as saying that the country is targeting around 6 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2030 to reach 17% of renewable energy in the total energy mix (see Israel Targets 6 GW PV By 2030).
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says till the end of 2018, Israel’s cumulative renewable energy capacity was 1,138 MW with solar contributing around 1,070 MW.