Jerusalem Post’s List of Most Influential Jews of 2013

Yosef Abramowitz President of Arava Power comes in at number 44. Israel's solar energy pioneer makes the list for the third year in a row, finding himself among good company alongside Vagina Monologues play write Eve Ensler, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Arava Power Company co-founder Yosef Abramowitz

Over the past year, Israel’s legendary “Captain Sunshine” Yosef Abramowitz has upgraded his vision of simply creating a solar powered Jewish state to harnessing energy from the sun’s rays for the vaster developing world.

As an immigrant to Israel from Boston, Abramowitz, 49, co-founded the Arava Power Company in 2006 with Ed Hofland and David Rosenblatt, bringing about the establishment of Israel’s first medium-sized solar field in 2011, at Kibbutz Ketura.

While Arava Power continues to expand a series of Israeli solar projects in the pipeline – including a large solar field across the street from Ketura and a medium-sized field in a Negev Beduin community – Abramowitz and his partners decided to aim beyond the state’s borders. In October, they launched the Jerusalem-based firm Energiya Global, which is already developing a utility-scale photovoltaic facility at Rwanda’s Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a commercial solar field in the Galapagos island of San Cristobal and an eight-megawatt site in Romania.

Recognizing his status as an American-Israeli solar pioneer, CNN named him one of six global green pioneers in 2012, and a 30-minute program on his life was featured on Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s The Next Last series earlier this month.

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