Within the framework of cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, a solar thermal installation situated on the roof of the German-run Talitha Kumi School near Bethlehem has been officially opened today (2 December). The new installation provides hot water and heating support. The school provides a broad-based education for boys and girls of all faiths. This new installation will make a lasting contribution to lowering the school’s energy costs. This will free up more funds for the pupils’ education.
The Federal Foreign Office initiative was made possible with the support of the Company MAN Ferrostaal, which financed and fitted the solar thermal installation. The project was coordinated by the German Energy Agency (DENA).
During his visit to the Palestinian territories on 24 November, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle spoke out in favour of expanding the Federal Government’s involvement in developing and improving state and civil-society structures there. This includes improving the education sector. The idea is that projects will contribute in the long-term to improving the prospects of young people in particular. The solar installation project provides a model for the useful application of renewable energies in the Palestinian territories.