EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions the Zmorot solar power plant (50 MWp) in Israel

Aerial view of the 40-megawatt Ketura Solar field. (photo credit:EGE) Aerial view of the 40-megawatt Ketura Solar field. (photo credit:EGE)

EDF Energies Nouvelles is announcing the commissioning of the 50 MWp Zmorot solar photovoltaic power plant by its local subsidiary EDF EN Israël. The facility, one of the most powerful in the country, was inaugurated by the French Prime Minister during his official visit to Israel, together with Israeli Ministers of the Environment Protection and of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water and Antoine Cahuzac, Chief Executive Officer of EDF Energies Nouvelles.

Located in the Negev desert, the Zmorot photovoltaic power plant benefits from optimal insolation conditions for the generation of solar energy. The Zmorot facility extends over an area of more than 60 hectares and consists of 200,000 photovoltaic panels supplied by Photowatt. With an installed capacity of 50 MWp, Zmorot generates electricity to cover the annual electricity needs of around 30,000 inhabitants for 20 years.

The solar power plant was built as part of the Israeli government’s objective to reach a 17% share of renewables in its energy mix by 2030. With the commissioning of this new solar photovoltaic facility, EDF EN Israel now operates 11 solar power plants* in the country. To date, EDF EN group is the leading player in renewable energy in Israel with a total of 160 MWp in solar installed capacity.

EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in green electricity production, with a portfolio of 9,063 MW of gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind (onshore and offshore) and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles continues its development in promising emerging areas taking position in new countries (Brazil South Africa and India). The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, biomass and distributed energies. EDF Energies Nouvelles manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.

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