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Two solar thermal power plants in Israel

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10 January 2012
Israel awarded licences to build two solar thermal power plants that will produce 180 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply 51,000 households, officials said.

One licence to build a 120 megawatt station was granted to a subsidiary of Shikun & Binui, Israel's largest construction firm, the Public Utility Authority said. The second, for a 60 megawatt station, was given to a subsidiary of U.S.-firm Two Sigma, the utility said.

"It's a significant step that will allow Israeli citizens to enjoy clean energy on a large scale for the first time," Energy Minister Uzi Landau said in a statement.

Officials did not elaborate on the cost to build the plants, but said they would go online in 2017 and would provide about 0.5 percent of the country's energy needs.


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