”Solargreen” has won the tender to install a photovoltaic system on the Knesset`s roofs, it was announced Thursday. The installation of the solar array, which is the main element of the Green Knesset project, is expected to be completed within a year.
The array is expected to be the largest among those installed on the roofs of parliaments, with 4,650 square meters of solar panels.
Along with other energy-saving measures, the Knesset is expected to save a third of its consumption of electricity and gas. This will significantly reduce the level of carbon emissions from the parliament building and minimize its ecological footprint.
Of the six companies that had applied for the tender, Solargreen received the highest score from the tenders committee.
Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot said he was pleased that the installation of the solar array will begin such a short time after the launch of the Green Knesset project, which he is spearheading on behalf of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.
”A year from now the Knesset will have realized Speaker Edelstein`s vision to create renewable energy from the sun,” Plot said. ”I hope the Knesset will serve as an example for other institutions in Israel and for other parliaments around the world.”
On Tuesday, the Knesset, in cooperation with the Life and Environment umbrella organization, will mark World Environment Day with the presentation of the Green Globe awards to activists and NGOs that have improved Israel`s environment.