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Israel hooks solar plant to national grid

JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Israel Electric Corp. has approved its first connection of a photovoltaic solar power plant to the national grid.

IEC will connect Arava Power Co.'s 80-megawatt solar power plant to its national grid, Globes reports.

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The $400 million plant is owned by Kibbutz Ketura, with a 40 percent stake, and a group of U.S. investors led by Yosef Abramowitz.

Arava Power already has received a license from the Electricity Public Utilities Authority to build a 5-megawatt substation as part of the plant.

IEC hopes to approve and build a 161-kilowatt high-tension power line in Arava to transmit the power within four years.

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