Israeli company breaks new ground in US solar power project

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Israeli tech company Doral Energy inaugurated its solar power project known as the Mammoth Solar Project in Indiana on October 14.

The project will be a 13,000-acre farm that will span Starke and Pulaski counties in northern Indiana. The project should be operational by 2024 and will have the capacity to supply 75,000 homes, according to the Associated Press.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Gilad Erdan, hailed the project as an “important milestone in the Israeli-American relationship” and “a shining example of the enormous mutual benefits of our cooperation, not only for the people of Israel and the United States, but for the whole world, ”the Jerusalem Post reported.

“Mammoth Solar will create hundreds of jobs and produce enough clean energy to power over 170,000 homes a year,” he said, adding that “we stand together when our economies are tied.”

Erdan also praised Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, for launching an investigation to see whether Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, violated the anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) laws of the ‘State for Ben & Jerry’s decision to withdraw from the “Occupied Palestinian Territory”. “We must never remain silent when anti-Semitic double standards are applied against the only Jewish state in the world,” he said, according to WKVI.

Holcomb had visited Israel during the May conflict between the Jewish state and Hamas; Erdan called Holcomb a “true friend of Israel”.

WKVI reported that there has been a “mixed” reaction from local landowners regarding the solar project; Holcomb said the community would benefit from the “jobs and tax revenues” the project would bring. He also said he would be open to living next to a solar farm.

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