Eilat–Eilot Region consumes around 150 MW in average throughout all the year. During the daytime the regional PV plants produce more energy than is consumed, therefore, feeding the central and northern grid. Due to the weakness of the interconnection, only 25% of the oversupply is used. From late afternoon till sunrise, IEC currently supports the regional electricity needs with long distance electricity supply. Due to the remote location of the region it is estimated that IEC losses account for around NIS 30m per year not including balancing costs and other. The water used for the Project is taken from lightly salted
ground water abundantly available in the region with currently no use for agricultural purposes or other. Evaporation is dealt with solutions like HEXA-COVER® FLOATING in order to minimize losses. The site at Mount Ayit has been selected in cooperation with Poyry on the basis of geological surveys, statutory analysis, water sourcing, and discussions with relevant regional stakeholders and the electricity authorities. Based on these features, Project Ayit has gained strong support across the board from the regional administration to the same extent as from national authorities
and Israel Electric Corporation as system manager. The Project’s intellectual property is shared between Voith Hydro from Austria and Solaer. In summary, the companies managed to create a combined off-grid PV system with an efficient storage that enables to use cheap solar energy on a 24/7 basis in the Arava / Eilat-Eilot region.