Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

First Biodigester Unit at Work in Susiya

Following the success of the Villages Group’s first environmental initiative – the renewable energy project, which has been now running independently for about a year under the banner Comet-ME – the Villages Group is now launching a second environmental initiative: Biodigester units for shepherd families’ use. These systems turn the family herd’s manure into bio-gas for the family’s cooking needs.

As mentioned in our previous post,  a month ago a team led by Yair Teller installed the first Biodigester unit at the residence of the family of  Ismail Nawageh in Susiya.  After a few weeks’ incubation period the manure in the Biodigester is by now producing enough gas, so yesterday it was connected to the Ismail family kitchen for regular use.

In the meanwhile, we also received the encouraging news, that the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies decided to adopt Yair’s project, and will send its Palestinian, Israeli and International students to help Yair in the installation of more Bidigester units in Susiya and elsewhere in the south Mt. Hebron region.

Renewable Energy Project in Susya-Documentary Trailer

Wind Turbine Workshop at TAEQ

Yesterday (Thursday the 28th of August) we have finished a five day practical course on small wind turbine construction. The workshop was attended by 9 participants from various communities across the west bank and was hosted by TAEQ (Towns Association for Environmental Quality in the Lower Galilee region). The participants learned about the basic design principles of small scale wind turbines and then built, with their own hands, a fully functional 1kW wind turbine. Although, due to time limitations, the turbine still needs some finishing work, once it will be done the turbine will be installed, together with another one we assembled from a kit, in Susya where they will serve the community in powering refrigerators for storing and selling the milk and diary products produced in the region.
Although there were a few things we were unhappy with (naturally for a workshop running for the first time) in the course of the workshop we think it was, all in all, a success. The students were determined to make the best out of their stay in Sakhnin, were eager to learn and gained confidence in their ability to actually construct a wind turbine, combined with an understanding of the difficulties and complications involved. Many new contacts were made during the workshop between us and the students and among the students. We came out even more confident in the direction we have chosen and are already hatching up several new ideas (of which we will update once they reach maturity). We hope the participants enjoyed it as much as we did and are confident we will keep in touch and do things together.
Thanks to: Lina, Muhamad, Hamdan, Yehye, Waseem, Jalal, Alaa, Ahmad, Abed, Hannan and Hanadi.
Noam and Elad.

The gang enjoying the fruit of their labour...

The gang enjoying the fruit of their labour...

Sixteen Family Solar-Power Units Installed in Susya Region

— This message from Noam — embedded pictures soon to follow … meanwhile you can watch the slide show put together by Eduardo Soteras who was there and took pictures



We are very pleased to inform you that all the installations of the first stage of the project in Susya are completed successfully.

We have worked from Tuesday to Friday, to deliver and install 16 Solar systems to families in Susya.

All the systems are tested and functional. We still need to deliver some missing lamps. This will be carried out this week.

Thanks to all of you who made this dream come true for the families of Susya.

We are looking forward to accomplish the next steps of the project.


Noam Dotan

Renewable Electricity arrives to the South Hebron Hills

A Palestinian semi-nomadic community in the West Bank’s South Hebron hills (Masaffer Yatta in Arabic), one of dozens at risk of expulsion, can now comfort itself with some modern amenities and a sense of solidarity from people living far away. An Israeli-Palestinian-international collaborative effort has successfully installed a wind turbine and solar power cells, the first in a project intended to eventually reach all families of Susya village. Here is the original message:

Today on a clear sky and cold weather in the South Hebron Mountain, we have accomplished our installation with the family of Abu Sami. We have mounted a 350 W wind turbine and 130W solar panel, to charge a 12V battery. The energy is used for DC illumination and small TV set. Each of the 4 tents were equipped with a DC lamp and there is 220 V line to be used for a TV or a small refrigerator.

I would like to thank all the people who were directly involved today and those who help us get to this day.

We are making the first steps in a long journey, but today we managed to show how the sanction of the state, to prevent people from the elementary use of energy can be overcome.

Attached are few snapshots and a short video clip. We are in the process of editing a larger scale video of the project.

Thanks. Noam


Ehud adds:

To Noam’s words I’d like to add our warm gratitude to the two organizations
who sponsored this turbine and help us to bring light to Abu-Sami’s place:
British Shalom-Salaam Trust and the Center for Emerging Futures.

Don’t miss more images and a short video.