Strengthening renewable energy and energy efficiency market in Lebanon



The UNDP-CEDRO project is a unique initiative in Lebanon that is moving and strengthening the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) market in Lebanon by installing small-scale renewable energy systems and promoting energy efficiency measures in various public institutions in Lebanon. Spreading awareness on RE and EE measures through artistic means targeting the young generation and assisting in filling the knowledge/research gap in the RE and EE sectors through various national studies

UNDP-CEDRO project is working closely with government officials and other stakeholders to remove barriers that impede RE and EE uptake in Lebanon. The project was enabled through a grant from the Government of Spain in 2007 to the Lebanon Recovery Fund (LRF), which transferred the funds to the UNDP.

- The total number of beds within the CEDRO installed public hospitals is 600 beds

- The total number of prisoners within Roumieh prison is around 5500 prisoner

Highlights

  • The total number of beds within the CEDRO installed public hospitals is 600 beds
  • The total number of prisoners within Roumieh prison is around 5500 prisoner
  • The total number of SWH users within El Fayadiye army barracks is 650 soldiers
  • The total number of SWH users within Baalback barracks is 1000 soldiers

- The total number of SWH users within El Fayadiye army barracks is 650 soldiers

- The total number of SWH users within Baalback barracks is 1000 soldiers

The use of diesel oil for hot water delivery is common in Lebanon, particularly in commercial institutions like hospitals. A large amount of money is paid to deliver this energy, money that can be better spent in delivering health care services or other serv ices depending on the institution.

To this end, CEDRO has installed large-scale solar hot water systems on 13 public hospitals, 2 army barracks, and 1 large prison in Lebanon, totally 126,000 liters of solar hot water capacity.

The project began with an expression of interest publicized in the media for all interested public institutions that would like to assess the possibility of renewable energy systems to submit an application. Many applications where received, and these where followed by site visits to short-listed buildings by CEDRO engineers to validate applications details, check other technical parameters and check maintenance capability of sites.

The total number of Solar Water Heaters users within these systems is saving almost

250,000 USD per annum in terms of diesel use reduction and a consequent total of 600,000 kg of CO2 equivalent per annum.

These economic and environmental benefits should last the 20 year life time of the systems. The estimated payback period for such systems should not be more than 4 years, depending on diesel fuel prices.

All the installed sites have data logging and in due course CEDRO will be publishing exact figures on the technical and economic performance of these systems to communicate their benefits to a wider audience.

These sites will spread awareness to hospital staff, army soldiers, prisoners and so forth on renewable energy. CEDRO strives to create awareness among all sectors of the population, including opinion leaders, so that they will become direct actors in implementing energy efficiency in Lebanon.