(EILAT, Israel February 12, 2009) The Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference (www.eilatenergy.com), one of the world’s leading renewable energy events, announced today that Jonathan Shrier, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy will attend the conference and announce the up-start of the co-operation with Israel in developing renewable energy technologies to free the world from oil.
The conference will also feature the unveiling of plans for the 200 MW Timna Renewable Energy Park, the centerpiece of the Eilat-Eilot region’s efforts to turn Southern Israel into the “Silicon Valley” of renewable energy, and the first opportunity for local and international companies to construct large-scale, government-aided solar plants in Israel. The conference will mark the launch of the RFP process for Timna Park projects, which will eventually include technologies from around the world, with planned projects to include a combined wind/solar “farm”; a solar thermal power plant; PV and CPV installations, a solarized turbine pilot plant and the production of biogas from municipal waste.
Earlier this month, the Israeli government announced plans for the construction of one renewable energy plant each year beginning in 2010 for a period of at least 10 years. The decision stipulates higher tariffs to be paid to solar power companies for the production of solar energy and a guarantee that by June three tenders will be opened for the construction of solar plants in the Timna Park.