A new NIS 10 million regional cooperation project on renewable energy in the Eilat- Eilot region aims to strengthen cross-border relations with Jordan as well as act as an instigator for regional development, as reported in the Jerusalem Post.
Regional Development Minister Silvan Shalom and his office approved a program for the Eilat-Eilot region for renewable energy with a budget of over NIS 10 million (about $2.5 million), from which NIS 4 million will go directly to cooperation projects, a joint statement from the ministry and the regional council said. The ministry will inaugurate the first laboratories this November at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference, where officials will also present more details about it.
As part of the project, the Hevel Eilot Regional Council will spearhead efforts toward regional cooperation, to stimulate work together on renewable energy along the southern border with Jordan and thereby provide a catalyst for development in the area, according to the statement. Research bodies will come together from both sides of the border, including students and professors from both Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
The goal is to make the laboratories a “hub” for renewable energy development, working on innovations in bioenergy, biofuels, hydrogen, solar energy, meteorology and more.