UNDP benefits from the sun and implements photovoltaic system for lighting in public schools in South Lebanon

09 May 2011


Lebanon - Teachers and students in public schools of South Lebanon will now benefit from constant electricity power in their classrooms and hallways and will be able to run photocopy machines and computer systems, thanks to photovoltaic panels installed by the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO).

This project, managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the Government of Spain through the Lebanon Recovery Fund, has to date installed over 25 PV systems (of 40 kWp), mostly in public schools and plans to install an additional 36 PV systems (with 53 kWp of power) in 2011 in different schools throughout the country. The installation of the PV systems in schools is an opportunity to to provide the schools with energy independence, both from the diesel generators used for back-up installation and saving on the EDL (Electricity of Lebanon) electricity bill.

On Thursday May 5th, 2011 CEDRO organized the inauguration of these “photovoltaic systems for lighting in public schools in Lebanon” at the public school of Kfour, in the South in the presence of Mr. Shombi Sharp, UNDP Deputy Country Director and Spain’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Juan Carlos Gafo along regional parliamentarians, public school directors and 300 public school students from the south. 

H.E Ambassador of Spain explained that his country is strongly committed to renewable energies in its international action, including cooperation projects, For this reason, Spain has shown its commitment to support environmental sustainability and promote renewable energy in Lebanon, by funding the 3 phases of CEDRO project with a budget of nearly $ 10 million.
“Installing these systems must also come with engraining the necessary awareness on the relationship between climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy” said Mr. Sharp, speaking on behalf of Mr.Robert Watkins, UNDP Resident Representative. 

He added that to this end, approximately 900 public school children, 300 participated in the event, constructing their own prototype house with solar energy, with the help of the Little engineer association. Children also watched a play tackling in humoristic way energy conservation and renewable energy matters, and their relationship with climate change. 

In the upcoming weeks, Bekaa and Akkar public schools students from, will also benefit from similar awareness raising activities.