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The Ashalim power station is a solar power station in the Negev desert near the kibbutz of Ashalim, (south of the district city of Be'er Sheva) in Israel. It has the tallest solar power tower in the world at a height of 260 meters including the boiler, concentrating 50,600 computer-controlled heliostats.

Ashalim power station
Elektrowania słoneczna Aszalim.jpg
LocationNegev Desert
Coordinates30°57′54″N 34°43′34″E / 30.96502°N 34.72602°E / 30.96502; 34.72602Coordinates: 30°57′54″N 34°43′34″E / 30.96502°N 34.72602°E / 30.96502; 34.72602
Construction began2014
Commission date2018
Construction costUS$570 million
Owner(s)Megalim Solar Power
Solar farm
CSP technologySolar power tower
Site area3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity259 MW
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The station will provide 259 Megawatt of electricity, while the solar tower will provide 121 &nbs Megawatt (and 320 GWh) per year.[1][2][3][4]

The station will combine 3 kinds of energy: solar thermal energy, photovoltaic energy, and natural gas. A 30MW PV plant is planned, and as well as a 121 MW CSP plant, by Megalim Solar Power, a joint venture between Brightsource and Alstom. A second CSP plant will also be built.[5] The station is expected to commerce electricity production in 2019.

Ashalim's solar tower will be the tallest in the world, at 260 meters (850 ft) including the boiler.[6]

Reasons for building the power stationEdit

winter 2018

According to a press release of the National Infrastructure Minister of Israel, the establishment has several motivations:

  1. Economic motivation: reducing imports thus balancing the trade and releasing foreign currency.
  2. Political motivation: reducing strategic dependence on foreign energy sources.
  3. Environmental motivation: reducing contamination levels.
  4. Scientific motivation: pushing forward local technology and science, adapting new technologies from abroad.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "In Israeli desert, world's highest solar tower looks to future". Times of Israel. 19 Jun 2016.
  2. ^ "Israel to hold tender for solar energy plants". 10 Feb 2008.
  3. ^ Ministry of Energy and Water Resources: Electricity Generation
  4. ^ Ashalim Power Station, Israel
  5. ^ BrightSource and Alstom win tender for 121 Megawatt solar thermal power plant in Israel
  6. ^ Scharf, Isaac (January 5, 2017). "Israel harnessing sunshine with world's tallest solar tower". The Times of Israel. Retrieved August 29, 2017.

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