JERUSALEM, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Israel has launched a plan to promote green energy in Arab cities, towns and villages throughout the country, the Israeli Energy Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The plan aims to promote the transition to sustainable energy in the Arab local authorities, thereby reducing gaps in infrastructure quality, lowering energy expenses, and increasing municipal revenues from energy production, the statement noted.
The plan, at a cost of 30 million shekels (8.31 million U.S. dollars), will finance energy efficiency and renewable energy production projects, such as the replacement of old, inefficient lighting and air conditioning systems, the implementation of solar projects in public buildings, and more.
Along with green energy grants to the Arab local authorities, the plan also includes a dedicated budget for raising awareness of the field through information, education and training of personnel.
The ministry noted that the plan is part of a government decision to reduce disparities in Arab society until 2026.
"Investing in the Arab authorities is an investment in Israel's future, on the way to turning the country into a regional and global energy power," said Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz.
"Investing in sustainable energy projects helps the energy economy, reduces pollution and emissions, and is an investment that yields economic profit for the authorities," he noted. ■