In January 2009, Israel laid out targets for 10% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020 with an intermediate target of 5% by 2014. This set of goals would mean a total production of 6.43 TWh from renewable sources by 2020.

Ashalim’s 250 MW tender includes two CSP plants and one PV which are expected to generate 2% of Israel’s total installed capacity. The first CSP plant will be developed by Megalim group, a joint venture between BrightSource Energy and Alstom, and will employ solar tower technology. The project, with a nominal capacity of 121 MW, is now in the phase of detailed design and is expected to produce 270-300 GWh per year at the tariff of 0.79 NIS/kWh (0.2 USD/kWh). The plant is expected to be operational by mid-2017. The second CSP plant (110 MW of capacity employing parabolic trough) will be built by Shikun & Binui but is progressing slower due to the replacement of Siemens with Abengoa as partner. It is expected that the bidder will be announced in the next quarter Q2/2013.

Shikun & Binui is developing an additional 120 MW CSP plant in Ze’elim. The expected investment in the plant will be NIS 2 billion, with the intention to secure financing by mid-2013.

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