The title was misleading: Solar power is coming.
In fact, it’s happening right now.
The number of solar power plants in Israel and the world is increasing, and the cost of solar energy has fallen.
In Israel, the cost is now almost as low as electricity from coal.
The solar power sector is now growing at more than three times the rate of the economy, the country’s minister for industry, energy and construction, Oren Etzioni, said in February.
The Israeli government hopes to increase solar power production to 6,000 megawatts by 2020, from just 3,000MW at the end of 2014.
The country currently produces about 10,000 MW of solar PV energy, and plans to double its capacity by 2026.
But while Israel has seen a dramatic drop in its reliance on coal, the government is aiming to increase its reliance in other sectors.
“We need to expand solar power and reduce dependence on coal to reduce the carbon footprint of the country,” said Ehud Yaakov, a senior advisor in the energy ministry.
Solar panels in Israel, which generates about half of the nation’s electricity, are produced with coal, and use coal-fired plants.
The price of solar panels is about 20 per cent higher than coal.
The average price of electricity in Israel is about 14 per cent cheaper than in Germany.
However, a number of studies suggest that if the cost for solar power were to drop below the cost to produce electricity from the same source, the world would likely be able to keep generating more coal-generated electricity than it uses.
Israel currently uses 1.4 million metric tons of coal for electricity production, and that is growing.
In 2020, the state is planning to increase that to 2.4 billion metric tons.
In 2022, the plan is to increase to 3.6 billion metric ton.
Israel’s government has said it wants to generate up to 70 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
That is the same percentage as the United States and the European Union.
In fact, some European countries are already exporting their electricity from wind and solar, to countries in the Middle East.
Some of those countries include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
But the cost will be even lower if the country decides to use natural gas to generate electricity.
“We can export our electricity with the help of natural gas and reduce our dependence on imported electricity,” Etzio said.
The government also aims to lower the price of gas in the future, with a target of selling gas at the price below $US4 per 1,000 cubic metres by 2020 and reducing the price to $US1.50 by 2027.
The Israel Electricity Authority (IAA) said it will sell natural gas at around $US2.50 per 1 1,500 cubic metres and then reduce the price per 1 million cubic metres to $1.25 per 1 000 cubic metres.
It also said it plans to reduce its imports of coal.