Two months ago, I was at the launch pad of the second stage of Israel’s largest solar water heating plant, located in southern Israel, as it took the first step towards achieving a 100% solar system.
The event was a spectacular sight, as the rocket lifted off, spewing hundreds of gallons of liquid hydrogen and helium into the atmosphere.
This is a new type of hydrogen, a chemical that is much cleaner than conventional hydrocarbon fuels, and produces an incredibly clean, pure energy source.
In addition to this, Israel’s first commercial hydropower plant has been completed in the Negev desert, in a development that will enable Israel to produce more than 2 million megawatts of electricity a year.
The two-stage plant is also the largest solar thermal plant in the world, generating electricity from solar panels that sit atop a tower.
According to Israel’s energy minister, Yossi Gurvitz, Israel is aiming to build a total of 20 large solar thermal plants, and that number could grow to 50.
According the Israeli press, Israel has also signed a $4.6 billion contract with the US company SolarCity to build its solar thermal project, the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
The Israeli press also reports that the deal will see Israel receive the US $2.8 billion, and US $1.7 billion, in payments over the next three years.
As part of this deal, SolarCity will invest in Israeli infrastructure and will supply electricity to over 20,000 homes in Israel.
In the United States, solar thermal is often seen as an alternative to coal or natural gas for generating electricity, but with its ability to capture a greater share of the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, solar is also seen as the best alternative for the climate change crisis.
The SolarCity deal with Israel will allow SolarCity, an Israeli company, to buy US$3.6 trillion in solar energy assets.
The company’s CEO, Lyndon Rive, has said that the US$2.7 trillion deal with SolarCity is a landmark agreement for the solar industry.
According to the Israeli media, Israel will be one of the first countries to achieve 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.
According Israel’s Solar Energy Agency (SEA), Israel is the world’s first country to achieve a 100 per cent renewable energy target, with the goal of becoming 100% renewable by 2020.
By 2030, Israel aims to have solar energy installed on more than 50% of the nation’s homes, according to the SEA.
Solar thermal plants also represent a huge step in the direction of the Israeli solar industry, as Israel has made significant strides in its solar energy sector, having installed more than 400 MW of solar power in 2014 alone.
Solar thermal, which uses liquid hydrogen to generate electricity, is an efficient way to heat the Earth’s surface, and is widely used in countries such as the US, Europe, and Japan.
Solar power is now used in over 80 countries worldwide, with Israel serving as a benchmark for other countries.
The United States is currently the world leader in solar power installations, with over 3.8 GW installed in 2014, and China has more than 10 GW installed.
According Mark Schmitt, a senior analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar power is growing at a rate of almost 20% annually.
According Schmitt: “Israel is currently in the lead with over 200 GW of installed solar power.
Its largest solar project is now being constructed in the northern Negevi desert, where a third of the solar power generation is being installed.”
According to Schmitt in an interview with The Jerusalem Times, Israel hopes to reach a 100-percent renewable electricity production in 2040, and to achieve this goal, Israel intends to invest in renewable energy infrastructure and technology.