Today, the Ministry of Energy and Water launched the first wind turbine project in Lebanon through the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (L.C.E.C) at the Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Hotel under the slogan “The 500MW Wind Journey Starts with 1MW”.
The wind turbine will be built on a land owned by the Ministry in Hannoush, Chekka and linked to the national grid. The power generated will feed between 8,000 and 10,000 homes (5 amps). This site was chosen because it is a windy area, away from the population for noise pollution and bird passage.
The final goal is to generate 500MW by the year 2020. The budget is set to between $2 million and $2.5 million.
The company implementing the wind turbine project will be required to have previous experience in the field. In addition, a technical committee of engineers will have the responsibility to evaluate the performance of the project. Environmental impact will also be assessed; just like in the Beirut River Solar Snake project I previously wrote about. The expression of interest will take place in two weeks.
In parallel, the Request for Proposal (RFP) pertaining to building the first wind farm in Lebanon to generate between 50MW and 100MW is out and deadline for offer submission is on 21 May 2013.
All these projects fall under the 7-year Renewable Energy Strategy for Lebanon are part of the Ministry of Energy and Water efforts to have a clear strategy for renewable energy development in the country. Developed in a joint effort between the UNDP CEDRO project and the L.C.E.C., the strategy will take into account all initiatives and potential technologies to reach the set national objectives. The Renewable Energy Strategy was developed in accordance with the Arab Renewable Energy Guidelines prepared by the League of Arab States and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.
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