Solar Support to Education in Palestine

The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to invite potential EPC contractors to construct turnkey solar PV rooftop systems on public schools across Palestine. Overall, the projects are expected to be deployed on 500 rooftops over the next three to four years, and will have a combined capacity of 35 MW.

The tender is part of an agreement between Palestine’s Ministry Of Education and Massader – a PIF susbsidiary company, established for the development of natural resources and infrastructure projects – to select five qualified EPC contractors for the projects. The project was originally announced by PIF in January. The average installed capacity per school rooftop is expected to be 70 kW. Interested EPC companies should submit their proposals by May 13, 2018.

Palestine is already supporting rooftop PV through a partnership between the World Bank, the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company and the Palestinian Authority. The US$2.5 million pilot program aims to provide more power supply to the troubled area of Gaza.

In July of last year, Turkey-based developer, Zorlu Energy, a unit of the industrial conglomerate Zorlu, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Palestinian utility, Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) – which provides 30% of households in West Bank and East Jerusalem with electricity – for the construction of an unspecified number of solar plants.