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Lebanon´s success in driving down prices

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 1, 2018
Lebanon learning curveThe Lebanese solar thermal market has made great strides in bringing down the cost of solar water heating. Between 2010 and 2016, average system prices decreased by 43 %, from USD 1,880 to USD 1,313. This is one of the key findings presented by Tony Gebrayel, Energy Engineer at LCEC, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, during the Beirut Energy Forum in September 2017 (see the attached document). The reduction was achieved by stable sales of between 50,000 and 60,000 m² of collector area per year.
Source: LCEC
 

International Beirut Energy Forum 2018, Beirut

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 28, 2017
The International Beirut Energy Forum is one of the most reputable and professional energy events in the Middle East specifically dedicated to sustainable energy issues and projects. IBEF 2018 will be held from 26 to 28 September 2018. IBEF is by far the biggest forum in Lebanon attracting key energy people from Lebanon, the Arab World, and the international community. The event is the main yearly platform to discuss all topics related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green buildings.
 

SHC Solar Award: Five Finalists with Successful Support Policies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 15, 2017
Administrators of successful solar thermal support schemes are in the focus of this year’s Solar Award of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC). The jury has chosen five finalists, of which one will receive the SHC Solar Award during the IEA SHC’s joint conference with ISES Solar World Congress (SWC 2017) in Abu Dhabi on 1 November 2017. The finalists come from Australia, Austria, Germany, Lebanon and Tunisia (see logos above). They implemented very different support policies, such as rebates and/or loans as well as building obligations. Their activities all had a strong impact on their national or regional solar heating and cooling market.

Lebanon: On Track for 2020 Square-Metre Target of 1 Million

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 3, 2017
NREAP LebanonLebanon seems to be one of only a handful of countries that are on track for meeting their solar thermal targets. The market statistics from the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) show around 250,000 m² of collector area were installed between 2009 and 2014, which exceeded the government’s aim of 190,000 m² for the same period. The second target set in 2009 – a collector area of 1 million m² by 2020 – is just as realistic, LCEC confirmed in its recently published National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) for the Republic of Lebanon 2016-2020 (see the attached document). The chart shows an estimated market increase of 600,000 m² between 2016 and 2020. The LCEC researchers and authors of Lebanon’s second NREAP also underline the importance of continuing the country’s financing mechanism.
Figure: Chart from NREAP, p. 87
 

Beirut Energy Forum 2016

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2016
Beirut Energy Forum (BEF) is the largest event in Lebanon related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green buildings. BEF 2016 will be held from 21 and 23 September 2016. The event receives the support of the Ministry of Energy and Water, the League of Arab States (LAS), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon, the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL), the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), and the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut (OEA).

Lebanon: Stable Market Gains New Momentum

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2016
Lebanon Market StatisticsThe Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has just finished a market survey on the newly installed collector area per collector type over recent years. The newly added area in 2015 was 53,976 m² with a slightly higher share of vacuum tubes, which went up from 54 % in 2012 to 60 % last year (see chart on the left). After two years of decline, market volume again increased in 2015 by 2.4 %. “The study considered all delayed applications as well as market projections based on data received from banks and suppliers,” Rani Al Achkar, Senior Programmes Engineer at the LCEC, said. 
Source: LCEC 
 

Solar Water Heaters’ Market Evaluation: Case Study of Lebanon

Submitted by Amr Hai on November 27, 2015

This comprehensive case study analyses Lebanon’s Solar Water Heating (SWH) market and enabling environment over the course of the Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative (GSWH Project).

MENA: First Online Training Program on Solar Water Heaters Certification

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 21, 2015
SHAMCI TrainingIn March, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) launched an online training program on the Solar Water Heaters (SWHs) Quality Assurance and Certification Scheme in the Arab region. The training course aims to provide participants with sufficient knowledge on SWH quality and certification schemes, such as the Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI). Participants can register for the training course online. According to the RCREEE, it is the first online training in the Middle East and North Africa region. The implementation of the course was supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Source: SHAMCI.net
 

Lebanon: Municipalities of Tyre Discuss Solar Obligation Pilot Project

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 28, 2015
Lebanon workshopThe Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has organised a consultation meeting with the Union of Tyre Municipalities (UOTM) to discuss the implementation of a solar ordinance in the south of Lebanon. The workshop took place in the Platinum Hotel in the city of Tyre on 9 May under the patronage of Abdel Mohsen El Husseini, President of the UOTM. This consultation meeting was a follow-up to a series of bilateral talks with individual municipalities to introduce and promote the implementation of a solar obligation at municipality level. With its 60 municipalities, the UOTM is committed to adopting a solar obligation in the framework of a pilot project. 
Photo: LCEC
 

Solar Water Heating Techscope Market Readiness Assessment Report and Analysis Tool

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2015

 The Solar Water Heating TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Report (SWH TechScope Report) was developed under the Global Solar Water Heating (GSWH) Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative, a joint initiative undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with co-financing by the International Copper Association (ICA).

This report was developed to support the growth of the global solar water heating market (SWH) by providing a replicable, high-level, and publicly available Methodology to evaluate the solar water heating policy, finance and investment, business, and quality control infrastructure across countries: the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Assessment Methodology. The report is intended to be used in concert with two Excel-based evaluation tools, the SWH TechScope Market Readiness Analysis Tool and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reductions Calculator.

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