Solar panels prove a money-spinner for Bedouin in the Negev

01.04.2011                      26.Adar ll, 5771

Negev-Beduinen:

Solar panels prove a money-spinner for Bedouin in the Negev

Sources in Bedouin communities and the government say the solar-energy projects can be used to accelerate the resolution of land disputes.

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in Bedouin communities in the Negev, but these towns and villages are also putting up panels to generate a modest income.
Two weeks ago, a group of Bedouin residents and community leaders visited the Arava Power Company’s solar plant at Kibbutz Ketura. The idea was to improve cooperation with the firm in setting up similar installations in Bedouin communities, or on land whose legal status is uncontested. Each installation would require 100 to 250 dunams (25 to 70 acres‏)….