Israel’s Shimon Peres Voices Support for Solar Energy

Jerusalem, Israel [UPI] Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres voiced support for solar energy in a meeting with a European delegation Thursday, his office said. “Israel has made (it) a priority that energy should not only come from oil, coal, gas,” Peres said, according to the statement. In this context, we are advancing the development of solar energy. It is perhaps preferable to depend upon the sun as a source of energy, as the sun shines for all the nations of the world and will be around forever,” he continued. Peres plans to reiterate his support for solar energy at Sunday’s World Economic Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, along with ideas for regional economic development between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians, his office said. Israel plans to convert 2 percent of its energy consumption to solar by 2007, and to 10 percent by 2017, according to the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures.
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