Lebanon’s electricity sector has never fully recovered from the civil war which ended 26 years ago. During this time, the national electric company, Electircité du Liban’s (EDL) economic losses have been signficanly high, reaching $USD 2.2 billion in 2012, about 20% of GDP. . As of 2012, EDL was producing 1,500 MW of electricity. Electricity consumption exceeds the total produced by 900 MW, which is 60% more than what is being produced. There are also negative environmental externalities from this sector. Residents of Jiyyeh and Zouq have long complained about the pollution caused by the power plants in the two areas. Continue reading
The photovoltaic cell market support project is funded by a grant from the UNDP to the Ministry of Environment with the overall aim to establish small and decentralized units of renewable energy in Lebanon. The program offers 10-year interest free loans to buy small scale solar systems that are available in the local market. The director of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation Pierre Khoury explained that the project aims to develop legislative frameworks, pilot projects to encourage the citizens to uptake solar technology, and provide technical training. This program follows the solar water heater market support project which was a big success in Lebanon.
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