M+W to build 55MW Israel PV plant

Engineering and construction specialist M+W Group says it has been hired to build Israel’s largest PV project – a 55MW plant 100km south of Tel Aviv.

The project in the Negev desert near Moshav Ohad will see 180,000 modules installed at the site over the next 18 months.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was awarded to Stuttgart, Germany-based M+W by Enlight Renewable Energy, one of Israel’s most active developers.

The deal also includes commissioning and maintenance, says M+W, which does not specify whose modules will be used at the array.

The project expects to generate about 118GWh annually, feeding it into the grid of Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) via a purpose-built substation.

Israel has a 10% renewable energy share target for 2020.

Late last year its government approved the shift to PV of 300MW of capacity previously earmarked for wind, as it tries to accelerate the pace of its clean-energy sector.

Also at the end of 2012, a BrightSource-led consortium won a tender to build a 121MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Israel, with power generation slated to commence by 2017.