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Lebanon: Subsidy and Interest-free Loan for Residential Solar Water Heaters

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2013

The 200-USD-subsidy scheme started in October 2010. Till the end of 2014, 7,816 families profited from the loan, out of which 4,126 received a USD 200 grant. The programme will end once the total 7,500 systems are subsidized. The USD subsidy requires the qualification of the company according to the labeling programme of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC). However, all clients can benefit from the interest-free loans, regardless whether their solar system supplier is qualified or not, and whether the chosen systems are certified or not.

Country / region


Name of programme

The National Financing Mechanism for Solar Water Heaters

Type of incentive

Soft Loans + Subsidy

Eligible technologies

Solar Water Heaters

Applicable sectors



USD 200 per System

Maximum incentive

USD 200 per System

Terms of loan

Interest-free loan up to 5 years

Requirements for system

A certified system is required to receive the grant

Solar Keymark

For local manufacturing it is subject to EN12975 and EN12976 test results

The interest-free loan does not require any technical standard of the system

Requirements for installation

Company should be qualified by LCEC to receive the grant. There are no requirements for the installation if the client wants to receive the interest-free loan

Finance provider

Subsidy: Government of Lebanon

Loan: Central Bank of Lebanon

Total funds

USD 1.5 million (for the grant scheme) limited to subsidise 7,500 systems.

Funding source

Government of Lebanon

Effective date

March 2010

Implementation started in October 2010

Expiration date

Not set, until 7,500 systems are subsidised



Last review of this tabloid

August 2015


Rani Al Achkar


Effective Date: 
October 1, 2010