They hope to build up to ten facilities of 5-10MW each at a cost of around NIS 40 million ($11 million), once they receive regulatory approval.
The local communities will receive land fees initially for 20 years and will have the option of taking an equity stake of up to 49% in the projects. Enlight estimates the gross revenue from the facilities at NIS 5 million a year for 20 years.
This is Enlight's first foray into wind energy. Up to now it has specialised in photovoltaic generation.
Earlier this year, Israel announced plans for a feed-in tariff of NIS 0.45-0.54/kWh ($0.13-0.15/kWh) in order to encourage deployment. The country is aiming at 800MW installed wind-power capacity by 2014. So far, it has just 6MW turning.