• China’s ET Solar has won the contract to develop 2 solar power parks in Palestine with total capacity of 16.5 MW
  • It signed an agreement with ET Solar to develop this capacity in Jericho and Tubas regions
  • Both these solar parks are scheduled to come online by the end of 2018
  • Tubas solar park will cater to the agricultural sector and Jericho will target commercial sector

Chinese solar module maker and project developer ET Solar was selected to build, operate and maintain two solar power plants in Palestine. The Palestine Investment Fund’s (PIF) impact investment arm for energy and infrastructure Massader signed an agreement with ET Solar, which will now develop the two parks with 16.5 MW cumulative capacity.

The two stations will help cut end-users electricity bills by 50% over the next 25 years, creating jobs and contributing to the development of Palestine’s renewable energy resources, said Massader CEO Azem Bishara.

Massader selected ET Solar in a tender process. The Chinese company is now expected to develop both the Jericho and Tubas solar power parks over the next few months. The parks are scheduled to become operational and connected to the grid by the end of 2018.

This 16.5 MW capacity is part of the 200 MW PV that PIF is looking to build by 2026 under its Noor Palestine Program. A mix of solar power parks as well as rooftop solar is being targeted to achieve this objective. Solar power parks are planned to be constructed in several locations across Palestine, starting with Tubas, Jericho and Jenin. Solar power parks in these three locations alone are expected to represent a generation capacity of 23.5 MW.

While the Tubas power plant is planned to cater to the agricultural sector, Jericho is supposed to focus on the commercial sector. The Jenin plant will target the industrial sector as its clientele. Massader is in charge of the Noor Palestine program.

Recently, PIF issued called out for expression of interest from EPC contractors who can develop 35 MW rooftop PV project across 500 public schools (see EOI Call For 35 MW Rooftop PV In Palestine).

PIF says this program will offer an alternative to Palestinians over the energy supplied by Israeli Electricity Corporation. This is not only quite costly but also keeps its power supply largely in the hand of Israel’s electric utility.