The Israeli government on Tuesday ordered construction of more than 1.5 million solar panel installations in east Jerusalem, home to the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, according to an announcement by the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Planning.
The announcement came in a report by the Jerusalem Center for Policy Research (JCPOR), which published a picture of 1,972 solar panels.
It said that, of those 1,719 panels, 2,921 were located in the West Bank and another 1,534 in Jerusalem.
The total solar panels ordered by the government came to more than 3 million square meters.
It is the second order issued in the past month by the Israel Land Administration (ILA), which also ordered 2.8 million solar PV panels.
The new orders represent the biggest solar installations in the occupied Palestinian territories since the construction of a solar farm in the eastern part of the West Block was ordered in December.
The 1.6 million solar installations are part of a new solar project being built by the ILA, which is intended to provide jobs to the locals and provide electricity to the villages.
According to JCPOR, the project was initiated after the Israeli government ordered construction in 2012 of 2.3 million solar arrays, in which 1.2 million of the panels were located on the Palestinian side of the border.
Israel is also planning to install a solar power plant on the Mount of Olives.