May 27, 2010, Updated September 24, 2012

Israel is set to integrate renewable energy such as solar and wind energy into its highway infrastructure.

“We are initiating steps to integrate systems for producing renewable energy into the infrastructure of highways. Thousands of acres of available land at interchanges can be exploited for placing photovoltaic solar arrays. Many thousands of street lights can use wind turbines,” Israel National Roads Company CEO Alex Viznitzer told Globes, Israel’s leading financial daily.

The idea is that small wind turbines could be placed on street lighting poles on the coastal highway to take advantage of the sea winds.

The company is set to publish tenders for the installation of wind turbines to produce electricity for street lighting. The tenders will be for supply, installation, and maintenance of wind electricity production turbines for 20 years. They will be published after a survey is undertaken to check the economic feasibility of potential sites.

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