Israel’s cabinet has approved a plan to cover 10 per cent of the country’s energy needs through renewable resources by 2020.

Chief goals of the new plan include using solar panels and biogas to generate 1550 MW by 2014 and 2760 MW by the end of 2020.

Renewable energy quotas for the first stage of the plan from 2011 to 2014 are 800 MW from wind, 460 MW from large installations, 110 MW from installations for independent consumption such as rooftop PV, and 210 MW for electricity from biogas, biomass and waste.

Pilot plants using innovative technology have been set a quota of 50 MW and $2.9m has been allocated by the National Infrastructures Ministry for developing commercial demonstration plants in Israel.

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