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Maslul Sun
Six new projects for APC
New solar projects in the Arava and Negev in 2014. Learn about our new solar fields:  Maslul Sun, Shoval Sun, Elifaz Sun, Yotvata Sun, Grofit Sun and Erez Rooftops.
Ketura Large Field
Financial close for
Ketura Solar
The 40 megawatt field is expected to be complete by Q4 of 2014.
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APC Co-Founders
780 NIS Million Financial Close Reached
Arava Power Company makes the largest financial announcement in the history of Israel's solar industry. More >>
Ketura 40 MW solar field
$150 Million Large-Size Commercial PV Solar Field
Arava Power Company brings advanced development of Israel’s first large solar field into the light of day. More >>
 
Social Responsibility at APC
For every solar field APC dedicates a symbolic portion of our yield to various non-profit organizations in the form of an annual donation. Read More >>
 
Ambassador Shapiro Visits Ketura Sun
APC was honored to host US Ambassador Shapiro at Ketura during one of the biggest rainstorms in over a decade! Watch >>
Maslul Sun
Six new projects for APC
New projects in the Arava and Negev are nearing completion. Learn about our new solar fields:  Maslul Sun, Shoval Sun, Elifaz Sun, Yotvata Sun, Grofit Sun and Erez Rooftops.
 
Israel's first solar field
Arava Power launched Ketura Sun on June 5, 2011. View photos from the field in our photo gallery. Click here >>


  • Jerusalem Post |
    On Monday evening, Arava Power Company the firm' responsible for Israel's first medium-sized solar field at Kibbutz Ketura will be launching six such new projects, throughout the Negev and Arava.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Arava Power Company has ratified financial agreements to build its 40- megawatt solar field on 60 hectares of Kibbutz Ketura land.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    [Ambassador Shapiro] praised Arava Power Company and its leaders as being great pioneers of solar energy, bringing renewable technology to the market in an affordable way and becoming a catalyst of change. "We consider Arava Power Company an American-Israeli product," he said. "I know that every day this field is working, generating real output."
  • Jerusalem Post |
    While Haj Mousa Tarabin moves about with a smile seemingly glued to his face, he cannot help but feel slighted as he battles continuous impediments to establishing his 8-megawatt solar field.
    "I believe that there is nothing that will stand before desire, and I believe that there will be a project in the end," leader says.
  • Associated Press |
    Israel has a solar capacity - the amount of energy it could continuously generate in ideal conditions - of 212 megawatts, most of which comes from rooftop installations, according to the electric company. That accounts for less than 2 percent of the nationwide capacity and falls well short of the country's 2014 goal of 1,480 megawatts from solar sources.
  • pv magazine |
    The Israeli solar company said the transaction represents the largest of its kind to date in the country. The first deal, worth NIS 460 million (around 94.4 million euro; US$120.5 million) was closed with Noy Fund and financers Migdal Insurance Company, Bank Hapoalim and Amitim for five photovoltaic projects totaling 35 MW. Construction on the projects, to be located in the Negev Desert, is expected to begin "within a few months". Siemens Israel has been named as EPC contractor.
  • ynet news |
    Arava Power's chief executive, Jon Cohen, said Tuesday the installations, to be built in the Negev desert, are "another step toward energy independence for Israel and a greener future for generations to come."
  • Associated Press |
    An Israeli solar company says it has raised more than $200 million to build eight solar energy fields in the country's southern desert. Arava Power Co. says the deal is by far the biggest ever in Israel's solar power industry.
  • Bloomberg |
    Arava Power Co., an Israeli renewable-energy developer, obtained financing for eight solar power projects valued at 780 million shekels ($204 million).
  • Reuters |
    Israel's Arava Power said on Tuesday it secured 780 million shekels ($204 million) in funding to build eight medium-sized solar energy fields - the largest financial closing in the country's solar power industry.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Company secures largest ever funding for solar power in Israeli history for 58 megawatts and NIS 800 m. of new projects.
  • The New York Times |
    After more than five years of political and regulatory battles with the Israeli authorities, Arava Power Company has transformed 20 acres of a sand-colored field on the edge of the communal farm. It now glistens with neat rows of photovoltaic panels from China - 18,600 in all - that harness the sun. There is no smoke, only a slight buzz in the spotless rooms where the panels current is turned into electricity that can be fed into the electrical grid. Small openings in the perimeter fence allow animals to cross the field.
  • Ynetnews |
    Arava Power Company inks provisional license for large Negev-based photovoltaic solar field.
  • Solar Server |
    On March 12th, 2012 the Public Utility Authority of Israel granted a provisional license to Arava Power Company Ltd. (Ketura, Israel) to build a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant 50 km north of Eilat in Israel's Arava Valley.
  • Climate Spectator |
    Arava Power announced it had received a licence to build a 40MW plant near Eilat. That will take an investment of $US150 million and should be completed in 2014. Arava has led the fairly stunted growth of PV in Israel with the 5MW Ketura Sun project next door.
  • pv magazine |
    Photovoltaic activity in Israel is heating up: Arava Power Company has unveiled its US$150 million project plans; and Suntech discusses upcoming policy changes, which may result in higher photovoltaic quotas, and provides updates on its Israeli activities, including project pipelines and the market pullout of one of its modules.
  • JTA |
    Israel's Public Utility Authority has granted a license for the country's largest solar energy field to go online.
    The provisional license was granted Monday to the Arava Power Company for the field at Kibbutz Ketura, located about 16 miles north of Eilat.
  • Reuters |
    Israel's Arava Power said on Tuesday it had received a provisional licence to build a large solar field in the Negev desert that will supply power to the Red Sea resort city of Eilat.
    Arava said the field, with an investment of $150 million, should be completed in 2014 and have a capacity of 40 megawatts - one third of the electricity consumption of Eilat during daylight hours.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Public Utility Authority approves 9 licenses for fields; Arava Power confident it will complete first field by 2014.
  • Green Prophet |
    Arava Power Company's application was approved last night by Israel's Public Utility Authority for their 40 MW, $150 million photovoltaic solar farm at Kibbutz Ketura, just north of the tourist destination city of Eilat in Israel's Arava Valley.
  • The Jewish Chronicle |
    The majority of Israel's Bedouins live in the scorchingly hot Negev desert, and now they are starting to harness the power of the sun to make money. Israel's Public Utility Authority has just granted a license for the first Bedouin solar field, which will be built over the next year in the village of the Tarabin clan, in the north-west Negev.
  • Israel 21C |
    The Bedouin population in Israel's South celebrated a historical green victory earlier this month after being granted a license for a photovoltaic installation adjacent to the Tarabin community in the Abu Basma Regional Council. This is the first license that has been awarded in Israel for a solar project involving the Bedouin community.
  • ynet news |
    Negev's Bedouin community marks milestone as Arava Power Company approves quota for solar energy production
  • Green Prophet |
    The first-ever license for a solar project has been awarded this week to Israel's bedouin community by Israel's Public Utility Authority. Yosef Abramowitz of Arava Power Company promoted and led the solar project, to make a solar energy dream come true for Bedouin living in the Israel's Negev desert.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    The $30 million field will encompass 15 hectares (37 acres) and will be developed by Arava Power Company, the firm responsible for opening the country's first medium-sized solar field in Kibbutz Ketura in June. Arava Power signed a contract with the Tarabin family a year-and-a-half ago, and 80 percent of the money for the project is slated to come from OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation), an independent United States government agency.
  • pv magazine |
    The traditionally semi-nomadic communities residing in southern Israel's Negev desert have been the subject of disputes involving land, poverty and access for some time. A wave of initiatives to encourage villages to gain official recognition status, in order to profit from covering privately owned land with ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, is providing one method of aiding negotiations, despite the thorny social issues that come with them.
  • Jewish News One |
    American Yossi Abramowitz, Kibbutz Ketura member Ed Hofland, and their US-based partner David Rosenblatt have built Ketura Sun, Israel's first commercial solar energy field. On these twenty acres of land in the Negev desert, 18,500 photo-voltaic plates convert the sun's energy into electricity. Only 1% of Israel's electricity currently comes from renewable energy sources, but entrepreneurs like Abramowitz hope to change that.
  • Globes |
    The Noy Infrastructure Fund, run by Pinchas Cohen, has signed an agreement to acquire 36% of a solar energy field at Kibbutz Ketura from Arava Power Company for NIS 15 million. The acquisition reflects a value of NIS 41 million for the solar energy station, which generates 5 megawatts.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    The Top Environment story of 2011, according to JPost reader votes.
  • Green Prophet |
    Arava Power in Israel is fighting so Bedouin get a fair share of feed-in tariffs in Israel. Backed by Siemens Arava stands to benefit too.
  • Israel 21c |
    Arava Power is working with Southern Israel's Bedouin community to capture a share of the burgeoning solar power market.
  • YnetNews |
    Israeli solar energy group gets license following successful interconnection of 4.95 megawatt Ketura sun field to national grid by Israel Electric Corporation
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Officially launched last June, the 4.95-megawatt, NIS 80 million Ketura Sun field stands on an 80- dunam piece of land.
  • SolarServer |
    On September 11th, 2011, the Israeli Ministry of Interior approved a plan for an 8 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant adjacent to the Bedouin community of Tarabin in Israel's Negev Desert.
  • Ynet News |
    Bedouin minority to get first solar field
    Interior Ministry's Southern Regional Planning and Building Committee approves plan for photovoltaic solar installation adjacent to community of Tarabin
  • Arutz7 |
    Israel's Interior Ministry has approved a plan for a photovoltaic solar installation adjacent to the Bedouin community of Tarabin, in the Abu Basma Regional Council.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    New photovoltaic field will offer improved economic opportunities to Beduin population.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Permits issued to 40,000 square meters of roof space for photovoltaic operations in private, public, commercial, residential areas.
  • EnergyNOW! |
    As part of energyNOW!'s "The Israel Connection" series, chief correspondent Tyler Suiters discovers how emerging solar technology in this sun-drenched land could lead to greater energy security and a cleaner environment. Suiters also explores the link between Israel's innovative solar technology and the future of clean energy in the U.S.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Investing in solar and other renewable energy sources will help make Israel completely energy independent, an important national goal.
  • Energy Matters |
    The recent opening of Israel's first ground-mount solar energy plant was more like a gala awards ceremony than a standard ribbon-cutting event. The energy-starved nation says this highlights just how vital solar power infrastructure will become in the future of the Israeli energy mix.
  • Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs |
    A red-carpet gala celebrated the opening of the power-generating field at Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev.
  • ShalomLife |
    New solar field in Kibbutz Ketura to generate enough energy to power three communities.
  • YNet News |
    Arava Power Company CEO says following Sinai pipeline attacks that sun is Jewish state's safest, most available energy source
  • Jerusalem Post |
    CEO of Arava Power Company Jon Cohen advocated increased government support for the development of the solar industry, as "the sun cannot be sabotaged. It's the safest and most available energy source in Israel," Cohen said in a statement. "Energy security, energy independence and balancing the appropriate combination of energy sources are of critical economic importance to Israel's future."
  • Israel21C |
    The new solar field at Kibbutz Ketura generates enough energy to power three communities, and takes Israel one step nearer to becoming a clean-tech superhero.
  • The Jewish Chronicle |
    On Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev desert there is a new and profitable crop: electricity. Engineers have just finished installing Israel's first major solar field on the kibbutz, which is a few miles north of Eilat and just as sunny. On a 20-acre site, 18,000 solar panels are ready to soon pump out 4.9 megawatts of electricity per hour during sunlight.
  • NTD-TV |
    Israel is a country bathed in sun, possessing some of the strongest desert heat in the world. In the early 1970s, Israel became the first country to require that every rooftop install a solar power system to generate the energy needed to heat water. But despite that, Israel has never had a big solar power plant. Now, times are changing. The Arava Power company has finished construction of the country's first large solar facility - Ketura sun field - in the Negev Desert. It is producing five megawatts of power.
  • CBN |
    KIBBUTZ KETURA, Israel -- Israel is pushing forward on many fronts to take care of its future energy needs. The Jewish State's latest search for renewable power isn't underground -- but in the sky.
  • Jerusalem Post |
    Last week, inaugurating Ketura Sun, Israel's first solar field, Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau praised the visionaries who spent five years making this miracle happen. "You are injecting new and renewable energy into Zionism," Landau proclaimed. These projects prove Zionism's enduring power. The story of Arava Power, which just planted 18,500 photovoltaic panels into 80 dunams to produce 9 million kilowatts annually, is a marvelous Zionist tale, making the Green Movement blue and white too.

 

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APC Founders
Arava Power brings together the know-how, technology, regulatory expertise and 100% financing for large-sized and medium-sized solar fields as well as on industrial and agricultural rooftops.
 
Regulatory Success
 
The Arava Power Company
has dedicated significant resources to mapping, teaching, advocating and working with the key government ministries and offices in order to encourage a vibrant solar industry in a rational regulatory environment.
 
Sustainability

Founded amid the pristine beauty of the desert surrounding Kibbutz Ketura, the Arava Power Company is committed to a clean and green Israel.
 
 
A Solar Israel
 
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