Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Director-General Ronen Plot launched on Wednesday a unique electronic monitor which displays, in real time, the activity of the solar field located on the parliament`s roof.
The 4,650 square-meter solar array, which was installed in late October, is the largest among all the arrays installed in parliaments worldwide and has a generating capacity of 450 kilowatts. The system supplies 10% of the Knesset`s electricity consumption, and with the incorporation of other energy-efficient processes, in 2016 the Knesset will have reduced its energy consumption by one third compared with the consumption level recorded during the launch of ”Green Knesset,” Speaker Edelstein`s flagship environmental project which is spearheaded by Director-General Plot.
The monitor, located at the main entrance to the Knesset, displays the activity of the photovoltaic system according to various parameters. It was designed in such a way that both children and adults can understand the significance of producing renewable energy.
The monitor shows the solar PV system`s output, at any given moment, in kilowatts, as well as the KwH that have been accumulated since the monitoring system was activated. The screen also displays environment-related data, such as the number of tons of carbon dioxide that were not released into the atmosphere due to the activation of the PV system. In order to better explain this to children, the amount of carbon dioxide was converted into the number of truckloads of coal that were not burned due to the photovoltaic system`s use of renewable energy rather than fossil fuels. In addition, kids can see how many lightbulbs can be lit at any given moment, while adults can see how much money the Knesset has saved by using solar energy.
To the best of our knowledge, this monitoring system does not exist in any other parliament which has a PV system.
Speaker Edelstein addressed the educational value of the monitoring system, saying ”now people can see how much energy the Knesset is saving at any given moment. High school and university students can make use of the information on the Knesset`s photovoltaic system for writing research papers dealing with renewable energy. We purposely made certain that the data is displayed in Hebrew, English and Arabic so that people all over the world, including our neighbors, will be exposed to the Knesset`s environmental activity.”
Director-General Plot said the PV system has saved the Knesset some NIS 300,000 a year. ”The money saved will be used to build additional environmental projects, and we will work to implement other energy-saving systems in the Knesset and continue the `Green Knesset` project, which, much to my delight, has made a name for itself in many parliaments worldwide.”
For additional information: Dr. Samuel Chayen, Sustainability Coordinator, Green Knesset Project, 972506230457, firstname.lastname@example.org