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Israel's Biggest Wind Farm to Be Built in Eilat

An Israeli company will use Israeli technology and equipment to build the largest wind farm in the country in the mountains of Eilat.
By Malkah Fleisher
First Publish: 3/17/2010, 10:49 PM / Last Update: 3/17/2010, 11:03 PM

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An Israeli company will use Israeli technology and equipment to build the largest wind farm in the country.

Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) will construct a wind farm to generate 50 megawatts of electricity in the Eilat Mountains. Construction is expected to take 2 to 3 years.

In an interview with Globes online business magazine, EAPC CEO Amos Yaron said the project reflects a double motivation: to shift Israel's reliance to renewable energy, and to utilize Israeli land resources in the most advantageous way.

The Israel Civil Aviation Administration will investigate any interference with flight patterns as a result of the plan. Because EAPC is a government company under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance, its foray into wind farming will likely be scrutinized by the Ministry prior to launching the plan, according to Globes.

In 2008, the Public Utilities Authority granted a license to mineral water provider Mey Eden (Eden Springs) to build a 150 turbine, 400 megawatt, $500 million wind farm in the Golan. In 1992, Mey Eden built Israel's first wind farm at Tel Aseniya in the Golan, comprised of 6 turbines which generate 6 megawatts of energy. The farm supplies energy to local factories and 20,000 local residents, besides boosting the national power grid.