Throughout the world governments and people are waking up to the need for renewable energy sources. There is no alternative, as fossil fuels start quickly running out. So it makes sense to start investing now. Solar power is probably the easiest form of renewable energy for households to use. Solar panels can be installed on any roof or wall, providing there is enough sun.
Warm countries, with long hours of daylight are obviously best for solar power. It is not too surprising, then, that Israel has been a key player in solar energy research for many years. The national Solar Energy Centre was set up over 20 ears ago, and researches into more efficient and affordable forms of solar energy for household use. Israel is also the location of the so-called 'Flower Tower' which is the world's first solar hybrid power plant.
Domestic use of solar power in Israel is very popular. Photovoltaic panels, which generate electricity directly, rather than just heating water, are proving revolutionary. They allow a family to power almost of their household with solar energy. When you are living in a country that gets so much sun, it is free energy, effectively. As in many parts of the world, the government offers tariffs for the energy produced by domestic solar power. Israeli citizens can make a profit on their solar power systems.
Solar power in Israel refers to the use of solar energy in Israel, which began in the early days of the state. In the 1950s, Levi Yissar developed a solar water heater to address the energy shortages that plagued the new country. By 1967 around one in twenty households heated its water with the sun and 50,000 solar heaters had been sold. With the 1970s oil crisis, Harry Zvi Tabor, the father of Israel's solar industry, developed the prototype of the solar water heater now used in over 90% of Israeli homes. Israeli engineers are at the cutting edge of solar energy technology and its solar companies work on projects around the world.