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Palestinians Inaugurates First Solar Plant to Reduce Dependence on Israeli Power Sources

Palestinian workers install solar panels at Khan Younis Waste Water Treatment Plant, in the southern Gaza Strip

Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources.

Mohammed Mustafa, head of the government’s investment fund, says that Tuesday’s plant opening in the ancient West Bank city of Jericho is one of four planned plants. One has been donated from China.

Solar plant
Workers install photovoltaic solar panels at the Gujarat solar park under construction in Charanka village in Patan district of the western Indian state of Gujarat, India. VOA

He says the Palestinians rely almost entirely on power imported from Israel and the new plants are part of a long-term project to reduce that by 50% over the next decade. He says the four panel stations should cover about 30% of Palestinian power consumption.

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Mustafa says the West Bank consumes about $700 million a year in electricity. (VOA)

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