JERUSALEM (Aug. 29)
The Israeli government and the State of California are about to establish a joint fund for the development of solar energy. Yosef Bardi, director general of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, met recently with California Governor Jerry Brown to discuss cooperation on this project.
Israel holds a world record in using solar energy. A quarter of Israel’s population uses solar energy boilers for heating water, the highest rate in the world. Out of this year’s IL 100 million devoted for the search of alternative energy sources, some IL 42 million will be allocated for further solar energy studies. An international congress on this subject is scheduled to take place next week at the Haifa Technion.