His Excellency Dr. Nasser Yassin Minister of Environment, Lebanon

Conference Partners
Ministry of Environment

The Need for Alternative Energy:

Lebanon’s energy sector is characterised by a significant supply-demand imbalance, high generation costs and a lack of financial sustainability. Most importantly, the current installed capacity is almost entirely dependent on fuel oil. In this context, Alternative energy can make huge contribution to Lebanon’s power sector, increasing the reliability of the power supply and decreasing the heavy reliance on fuel imports.

Lebanon’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2025 is an ambitious plan to transition the country to a more sustainable energy future. The plan sets out a number of targets to be achieved by 2025, including increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix to 12%, increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity generation to 30%, and increasing the share of renewable energy in heating and cooling to 10%. The waste-to-energy potential in Lebanon is conservatively estimated to be more 150MW.

The Government's New Waste Management Law Facts

Lebanon has attractive solar potential with a yearly Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI) exceeding 2100 kWh/m2. Many areas have DNA of more than 2,100 kWh/m2 /y, which is ideal for CSP. For example, Hermel has a DNI of 2,445 kWh/m2 /y, more than Seville in Spain. However, solar energy currently contributes less than 1 percent to the national energy mix.

Likewise, Lebanon has very wind energy potential, especially onshore wind. Lebanon’s potential onshore wind power capacity has been estimated at 6.1 GW. Hydropower is the most established renewable energy resource in Lebanon and contributes to around 4.5% of the energy mix with a nominal capacity of 280 MW.

Lebanon is steadily realising its renewable energy potential and aims to build on its current small-scale decentralised renewable energy projects to meet specific targets by 2021. These targets amount to a total installed capacity of 150 MW for solar PV farms, 200 MW for onshore wind and 50 MW for CSP. Notably, Lebanon has adopted the net metering scheme for wind and solar, which is held and regulated by Electricité du Liban (EDL), the electric utility.

Are you interested to participate?
We are here to support.

  • Lebanon Expo