Publish Date: 2/25/2018
The municipality of Be'er-Sheva has begun installing photovoltaic cells (solar cells) to produce electricity from solar radiation, on the roofs of dozens of educational and public institutions in the city, which are suitable for the project. The systems area will be approximately 10,000 square meters and will supply 640 kWh of power.
The installation of the green systems is carried out in cooperation between the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, and as part of the city of Be'er-Sheva signing the 15th Forum for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution. The project joins a variety of processes and projects led by the municipality in recent years to promote environmental quality and sustainable development in Be'er-Sheva, in cooperation with government ministries, environmental organizations and the general public, including a strategic plan for urban sustainability, master plans and action plans in various environmental fields such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, treatment of building waste and recycling of dry waste, green building, and urban space design. In addition, the municipality is planting trees and establishing green parks and lagoons, shading playground areas and streets that will enable efficient use of the urban space throughout the day, as well as paving bicycle paths.
Advisor to the Mayor on Sustainability Prof. Adi Wolfson noted, "The installation of photovoltaic cells on the roofs of public buildings in the city is an excellent example of maximum and optimal utilization of the built-area, and the production of green energy that does not involve polluting emissions or the violation of open spaces,".
Urban Sustainability Coordinator Ronit Ivgi noted: "Alongside public values and awareness of the environment, as applied to the roofs of educational institutions throughout the city, students will be able to learn and see firsthand how to generate electricity from solar energy. Students will also be given information materials on the solar system. The project will undoubtedly be an important milestone for the smart use of green energy and the preservation of the environment."