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).

In Ketura itself, a solar farm is being set up on 80 dunams of land, aimed at producing 4.9 megawatts of electricity.

One of the visitors to Ketura was Musa Abu Karinat, a resident of the village of Abu Karinat near Dimona, which has been recognized by the state. Musa Abu Karinat and four other Bedouin have signed an agreement with Arava Power to rent out village land to build more solar plants.

“Our village has proper electricity infrastructure, so we don’t need the plant for electricity for the village. Our goal is to build a solar farm on private land owned by a particular family, and to sell the energy it will produce to the national energy grid,” Abu Karinat told Haaretz.

source: haaretz

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