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Israel Can Help Its Poorest Citizens – and the Planet – With Green Energy

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Last week Israel and Jordan signed a deal under which Jordan will sell Israel solar-generated electricity and Israel will sell Jordan desalinated water. Why does sun-drenched Israel need this agreement? Because, according to TheMarker, “Israel hasn’t met its renewable energy targets for 2020. ... One of the main reasons is the lack of open areas on which to build solar farms.”

The claim is preposterous. The Negev has many areas that could be used to generate renewable energy and enable Israel to meet its targets. On average, the Negev has just 18 days a year without sun. Open areas, nature reserves and military firing zones, nearly all of them in the Negev, account for about 60 percent of Israel’s land area. That land doesn’t have to be thrown open wholesale to solar power: “Agrivoltaic”........

© Haaretz

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