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A view from above of the solar field of Kibbutz Elifaz located in southern Israel on June 2, 2015

Just one day after the government accepted a bid to build Israel’s largest-ever solar field comes the announcement that an Israeli drone manufacturer has inked a deal to develop and supply UAV cleaning services for solar panels.

Next Step Taken in Creation of Israel’s Largest-Ever Solar Field

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Airobotics, an Israeli manufacturer of autonomous drones and aerial data platforms signed the agreement with Solar Drone, an Israeli company focusing on solar farms services.

The two companies announced Tuesday that Airobotics will develop and supply Solar Drone with a unique solar panel cleaning drone system.

The system, which will be fully automated, will include a drone docking station for automatic battery replacement and cleaning fluid replenishing. This will allow the system to operate continuously.

The two companies are also aiming to create and market a new drone-based cleaning solution, according to Israel Hayom.

“Our agreement with Solar Drone can leverage Airobotics’ advanced core technology to help monitor and maintain solar farms. This is another step for us into a multi-billion-dollar market,” said Meir Kliner, Airobotics co-founder and CEO.

“Today’s solutions are unwieldy, uneconomical, and unable to cope with modern solar farms,” added Shmuel Yanai, founder of Solar Drone.

“We believe the entry of Airobotics’ drone technology into the market is a game changer, with significant economic potential.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.