Three years ago, the Energy Ministry and Electric Authority of Israel set a goal to produce 10% of Israel’s power from alternative energy sources by 2020. Due to their own restrictive rules, however, only about 2% of Israel’s electricity is currently being produced by solar and wind sources. The institutions, in support of their prior goal, are making changes and creating easier access for individuals to produce their own kind of energy.
In the past, individual households have found it difficult to connect to the grid, and create their own power. For those with approval, they have only been able to “sell back” electricity in the form of a discount for their electric bill. With the average electricity bill per month per household being just over $200, the allowance for solar power was capped. With the installment of the new program, individual households will be able to generate and sell back as much solar power as they can, and receive cash in return.
The new program will allow individual households and entrepreneurial endeavors to purchase and install solar panels. Consumers will still require approval, though will hopefully see easier access when it comes to linking their energy source to the power grid. The benefits of these practices can help Israel reach its energy goal, and will ensure the growth of pure and powerful energy when it comes to maintaining Israel’s renewable energy resources.