Statistics show that over 98% of Palestinian energy is imported from Israel, which means that currently, Palestine is almost fully dependent on Israel to supply its ever-increasing energy needs. To promote and develop a resilient and sustainable energy supply for Palestinians, it is crucial to focus on reducing dependence on energy imports and increasing the utilization of renewable energy sources available in Palestine.
In 2012, the Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) introduced a strategy plan for the use of renewable energies in Palestine, with the goal of installing a total capacity of 130 MW by the year 2020 through the development of various sources of renewable energy including solar, biogas and wind, to cover approximately 25% of the total power produced in Palestine.
Palestine has significant access to renewable energy sources, especially solar and wind. Solar isolation in Palestine has an annual average of 5.15 KWh/m2 with approximately 63.7% of Palestinian households utilizing solar panels for domestic hot water. Moreover, there is an enormous potential for harvesting wind energy in Palestine. As a result, there are huge opportunities to invest, develop and grow this nascent, yet strategically important economic sector.
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