At 8 am on Wednesday June 28, 2017, the Israeli military entered the village of Jib a-Dhib in Area C in the Bethlehem district — without prior warning and without having issued stop-work orders beforehand — and confiscated a large part of the Comet-ME solar energy micro-grid that has been powering the village since November 2016.
During the action, the Civil Administration (ICA) confiscated 96 solar panels (Canadian Solar 315 Wp), one solar inverter (SMA STP 25000TL-30), and three SMA Sunny Island inverters (SMASI 8.0H). ICA workers also caused considerable damage, both to the solar panels and to the electricity room – breaking some of the panels, cutting many electricity and communication cables, and ripping the components off the walls of the electricity room – with the clear intention of preventing the future use of the system.
The value of the confiscated material is estimated at 40,000 euro, but it will only be possible to gauge the actual damage to the components themselves once they are retrieved and can be examined. This project was funded by the Netherlands Foreign Ministry.