(photo:  Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

(photo: Miriam Alster/Flash 90)

By Moshe Cohen - March 29, 2015

Originally appearer here in Arutz Sheva 

The Knesset building is now the “greenest” parliamentary building in the world. As of Sunday, the building's roof, with near 5,000 square meters of solar panels, is set to generate enough electricity to power the building's lights, and much of its air conditioning, heating, and computing needs. On Sunday, the plenum celebrated the completion of a photovoltaic installation, a project started a year ago.

Celebrating the event was Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who said that "What is happening before our very eyes is indeed exciting, a true revolution. It is not just the solar panels; it is the message, the idea, the new path. This is not merely a revolution in energy-saving; it is also a turning point with regards to the environmental awareness revolution that we have been promoting.”

The project is supposed to be a showcase for Israel's commitment to alternative energy. A government policy adopted some years ago calls for 20% of Israel's electrical output to be generated by solar and other alternative power sources by 2020. Read More