BELECTRIC builds another large-scale floating PV plant in Israel
- Innovative solar project with an installed capacity of 16,8 MWp will be finalized by the end of 2022
- BELECTRIC also awarded as operation and maintenance service provider
“Floating PV installations open up new opportunities for solar, especially in countries with high population density and competing uses for available land”, explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC GmbH. “After our successful entry into the floating PV market last year, we are now on the forefront of this fast-growing industry due to benchmark projects like this.”
Each of the more than 30.000 PV modules will be individually mounted on a floating platform. The PV system is connected to the mainland via floating marine grade power lines. The floating platform itself is held in place by an anchoring and mooring system with direct rammed piers.
“This is already the fourth floating PV project we are realizing for customers in Israel. The greatest advantage of floating solar is that it reduces land utilization and site preparation issues associated with traditional solar installations. An additional benefit is that the water cools the panels naturally, which should increase their efficiency”, adds Anna Velikansky, Managing Director of BELECTRIC Israel Ltd.
BELECTRIC is one of the world's leading EPC service providers in the development and construction of ground-mounted solar power plants and floating PV systems. The solar energy specialist looks back on more than 20 years of experience in power plant construction and has built over 4 gigawatts of capacity worldwide. Via its subsidiary BELECTRIC Israel Ltd., the company has already realized 35 solar projects with a total capacity of around 570 MW in the country, among them Israel’s largest solar project to date. With an installed capacity of 120 MW, the solar plant near the village of Zeélim produces more than 220 gigawatt hours of green electricity per year. In addition, BELECTRIC is currently building a floating PV project on behalf of EDF. The 19,3 MW plant, which is one of the largest plants of its kind in Israel, is located on several water reservoirs for fish farming pools near the Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta'ot in the north of the country. Commissioning is expected to be reached by end of this year.