The opening of the 710 kW first phase of the planned 1.5 MW Dead Sea Photovoltaic Generating Plant has resulted in dramatic drops in electricity prices for Palestinian households that were formerly dependent on high Israeli utility rates.
Dead Sea Photovoltaic Power Generating Plant, Jericho, Israel
Near Jericho, the biggest Palestinian PV installation is producing electricity and transmitting it to Jerusalem.
There are few locations in the world where energy security is an issue more keenly felt than in Palestinian East Jerusalem, which relies almost entirely on Israeli power.
Although the exact status of the eastern Arabic section of the divided city is in dispute, the dependence of thousands of Palestinian households on Israeli power is not a matter of debate, according to Abdelnaser Dwaikat, managing director of Palestinian solar developer Msader for Energy System.
“The residents of the old city of East Jerusalem, already suffering from poverty and marginalization, are obliged to pay an electricity tariff approximately 15% higher than that paid by the Israeli population,”