Israel already vies with the UAE as Mena renewables leader with installed capacity of over 5GW. Plans for renewables to generate 30% of Israeli power by 2030 received a boost with the Ministry of Energy on 10 September announcing that ongoing grid upgrade plans, for which it approved spending of $7.2bn earlier this year (MEES, 16 June), would enable an additional 2GW of renewables to be added to the grid although no timeframe was provided.

Connections should commence in the coming weeks, the ministry says. The Electricity Authority’s most recent forecast released earlier this month sees renewables capacity increasing from 4.8GW at the end of 2022 to 6.1GW by the end of the current year and to 7.8GW by the end of 2025 (see chart). (CONTINUED - 280 WORDS)