Solar, wind projects to help power West Bank

July 11, 2019

Palestinian engineer standing next to solar panels in Tubas, occupied West Bank

reports in Al-Monitor

The Palestinian Authority is working to incorporate renewable energy in the northern West Bank’s water infrastructure in cooperation with the European Union and the French Development Agency.

The project, launched June 20, concerns the governorates of Tubas and Jenin, where it will add solar cells and establish wind turbines, a first for Palestine. The energy produced is to be used for water projects including water treatment stations, thereby reducing the costs that the PA pays to import electricity from Israel.

Shadi Othman, the spokesman for the EU Commission in Jerusalem, told Al-Monitor that the project will cost a total of $20.3 million, of which $9 million have been provided by the European Union and $11.3 million by the French Development Agency. …. …..

“This project is a decisive initiative that will help grant the Palestinian people the right to water,” Cochard said in a brief speech at the ceremony. “France and the EU are committed to the implementation of water reform in Palestine,” he added.

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