Overview of the Program:
Contemporary Israeli society is at the forefront of the global effort to shift from non-renewable sources of energy to safer sustainable and renewable sources. Israel is using creativity and advanced technology to address this global issue. We will see some of Israel’s exciting projects on-site, including innovative solar facilities. The program will also explore Jewish sources relating to solar energy, including viewing of a short video by the Lubavitcher Rebbe calling for the use of solar energy.
Option One: Solar Facilities in Jerusalem
In recent years, tens of Israeli schools have installed solar panels on their roofs to help generate electricity for the school. We will visit two such Israeli schools with solar panels installed on the roofs, and learn about the growth of solar use among public and private institutions and consumers.
Option Two: The Arava Power Company’s Solar Facility
Visit the Arava Power Company’s first solar panel installation site, which is also the first solar photovoltaic sun field in the Middle East. Today close to 5 megawatts of electricity flows to the Israeli electric grid. The facility turns our oldest enemy – the sun – into our newest friend and benefactor. The site is located at Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava Valley, between the Dead Sea and Eilat. A visit to the site goes well while travelling to or from Eilat.