It’s Always Sunny on the Roof of the Israeli Parliament
The Knesset is a leader in the worldwide solar power movement
The rooftop of Israel’s parliament building is about to get a lot more powerful.
By 2014, the Knesset will become one of the world’s first legislatures to generate electricity from the sun. The advancements in Israel coincide with President Obama’s announcement that solar panels are going to be installed on the roof of the White House as well.
The solar panels on the rooftop of the Knesset, located in Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem, will be able to generate enough energy for the entire building to operate during limited legislative sessions and one quarter of the electricity needed when the building is in full session.
“Solar power has become economical in Israel, and we’re at the start of a process which will change the urban landscape over the coming years.”
CEO, Renewable Energy Association of Israel
The Knesset recently made an arrangement with the Public Utilities Authority that permits electricity producers to freely consume the solar power they make and allows them to be reimbursed on their electricity bill as an incentive to go green.
Israel’s green initiative isn’t stopping at government buildings. Solar energy systems are being built on the roof of Teddy soccer stadium in Jerusalem, which has hosted the Maccabiah Games opening and closing ceremonies and is home to the soccer teams Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Jerusalem, and Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem.
The emphasis on using renewable energy isn’t new in Israel. Over 90 percent of households in Israel use solar hot water systems and Israel owns the largest solar energy dish in the world – located at the Ben Gurion National Solar Energy Center. Israel’s goal is to have ten percent of their energy renewable by 2020.
Eitan Parnas, CEO of the Renewable Energy Association of Israel said “Solar power has become economical in Israel, and we’re at the start of a process which will change the urban landscape over the coming years” and hopefully inspire other countries to take the sunnier path towards clean, green, solar energy.