The project, with a very simple idea and approach without sophisticated technical innovation aspect, consists in providing the supply and proper operation of 26 portable solar power packs of capacity 1000 Watts with Battery for partial sustainable energy alternative solution using clean energy source (PV solar) to meet urgent local needs of low income families houses, half of the units to be delivered to apartments affected by the explosion of Beirut port, the other half to apartments in Beirut suburbs mainly in marginalized areas .
The project aims to reduce social and energy poverty by reducing electric bills of beneficiaries and familiarize those families to use sustainable energy source and be aware of solar applications and climate change effects. It aims to limit the effects of the energy starvation on the most vulnerable families which would affect the education of their children, the domestic day to day use of the families including lighting, internet, and refrigerators.
The Solar Power pack will remain the possession of LSES under a “Free Leasing “contract, allowing to control its traceability, proper operation as well as the good use and durable maintenance.
The beneficiaries have been selected according to a specific questionnaire
In addition to the above, the project contributed in engaging the community through following actions:
The duration of the project was of 11 months.
During 4 to 5 months of operation regular technical visits were planned for data collections in order to establish an evaluation document for the future.
This project has also served as a demonstration tool for encouraging the replication of this type of portable packs, with various capacities, at a larger scale within residential buildings all over Lebanon
By implementing such demonstration project in those selected apartments, the use of sustainable solar energy through the energy pack will be:
After receiving the green light for the grant in 2022 the contract was signed mid-January 2023 between LSES and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Program (SGP) Lebanon implemented by UNDP.
Works were launched under the supervision of Mr. Adnan Melki as national coordinator from UNOPS for all day-to-day matters, and LSES Engineer Ziad Doumit as project manager.
rut Energy Week 2023 activities, LSES has organized a technical session, on September 20th at 3pmn under the title:
at le Royal Hotel - Dbayeh, titled: Building a Robust Water-Energy-Food Ecosystem.
1- LSES Presentation: Action Plan
President Walid El Baba
2- Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture for maximized productivity in arid & semi-arid regions
Dr. Yasmine Abdel Makssoud
Senior Technical Manager Cares, AUC
3- Energy and Sustainable Technologies for Modern Agriculture, Understanding the water, Energy, Food, Ecosystem Nexus
Mr. Joe Hawi
Electrical Eng, LEED, AP, CEM, CMVP, PCF, PEM, NABCEP Certified
4- Overhead Agrivoltaics System Case Study in South Lebanon
Dr. Adnan Zein
Solar Energy Specialist
5- PV multiple applications in rural area in a private residence: Success Story
Mr. Hussam Shawa
Technical Manager at Metasol
On August 4, 2020, an explosion involving a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored in the Port of Beirut resulted in over 230 deaths and thousands of injuries.
The Lebanese Solar Energy Society (LSES), like the majority of civil society, decided to assist the affected families by this dramatic blast even though it falls outside of the society's core area of its expertise such as capacity building, consulting, training and awareness activities as well as education.
In order to procure funding for supplying and installing Solar portable power packs that might help in providing clean and sustainable energy to residents of the area around Beirut Port and its environs, LSES President Walid El Baba developed and submitted the concept through a call for proposal launched by The Global Environment Facility/ Small Grant Program (''GEF SGP'') under UNDP. The project was selected and approved and LSES received a grant of 37 500 $ for this project titled “Small Portable Solar Power Packs (SPSPP)”, LSES offering an additional amount of 12 500 $ in kind.
This project consists in providing the supply and proper operation of 26 portable solar power packs of capacity 1000 watts with battery , a PV solar panel of 185 Wp to meet urgent local needs of low-income families houses, half of the units being delivered to apartments affected by the explosion of Beirut port, the other half to apartments in Beirut suburbs mainly in marginalized areas for the most vulnerable families which would affect the education of their children, the domestic day to day use of the families including lighting, internet, refrigerators. A training session for 8 technicians and young engineers at Industrial research Institute IRI to be familiarized with the solar PV systems in general, components and types of installations, as well as a workshop for disseminating the information among selected organizations of civil society are forming the second phase of the project
After the contract was signed, LSES named the project team including a director, manager, coordinator, and two student electrical engineers (one male and one female) who will work on the project's execution.
After creating the questionnaire, LSES contacted numerous credible social help organizations operating in different regions of Beirut to collect as many names as possible of potential beneficiaries.
The evaluation was based on a number of factors, including the family's living conditions, yearly income, the cost of the subscription generator (for those who are subscribers), the number of family members, particularly those who have medical conditions necessitating constant electrical power, such the use of respirators.
For the implementation phase, LSES contracted the supply of the Power packs to Renewable Med Energies Mr Ziad Doumit and Messrs. Yamak contracting for the solar PV panels while the execution was contracted to Projection sarl,
The team made site visits to the chosen homes to assess the buildings' state and determine the ideal location for the solar panel installation. The engineer in charge gave an explanation of proper power pack usage to the family members as well.
LSES members Ecosys offered with thanks the PV cables (1200 M), and Solarnet provided small part of the electrical accessories.
The installation proved difficult because of many constraints mainly the poor conditions of the buildings, the majority being very old .Special attention was given to the metallic supporting structure installation reinforced on top with concrete blocks of 50kgs. Those blocks (among other supplies) were carried to the roofs. The installation phase was completed successfully by July 20, just before the Beirut Blast's third anniversary. The supplied solar energy packs will be visited twice a month for the 3 coming months to ensure their proper operation. A report will be done accordingly and sent to the donors
Despite all the challenges the team faced before, during, and occasionally after the installation, everyone was delighted. The families wanted to express their gratitude to each and every one who helped make this initiative a reality.
The majority of them shed tears because they were unaware that the darkness they had been struggling with could ever have an impact on their daily lives. They used heartfelt words to show their gratitude. We have kept quite a few of them:
- نحنا منشكركن كتير على العمل الاحترافي الرائع، نحن كتير فرحانين. الله يجبر بخاطركن متل ما جبرتو بخاطرنا وينوّر أيامكن متل ما نوّرتوا أيامنا. (مستفيدة من المشروع)
- أنا بدي الكن شكراً على كل الجهد لي عملتو، وبدي اشكر كل شخص تبرّع لانجاح هيدا المشروع، المكينة عم تشتغل بشكل رائع. كلكن ذوق الله يبارك فيكم.(مستفيدة من المشروع)
- لساني عاجز عن شكركن، عم بطلب من ربي انو يعطيكن ايام حلوة ومن قلبي بشكركن.(مستفيد من المشروع.
توقيع مذكرة تفاهم بين الجمعية اللبنانية للطاقة الشمسيّة وجامعة الروح القدس – الكسليك
ضمن إطار جهودها الساعية إلى المساهمة في انخراط طلاب الجامعات اللبنانيّة في سوق العمل لا سيّما في مجال الطاقة الشمسيّة والطاقة المتجددة، وقّعت الجمعيّة اللبنانية للطاقة الشمسيّة LSES مذكرة تفاهم مع جامعة الروح القدس- الكسليك خلال حفل أقيم في حرم الجامعة تخللته زيارة لمركز ترميم المخطوطات الدينيّة القديمة.
وقّع عن جانب الجمعيّة رئيسها المهندس وليد البابا في حضور امين السرّ المهندس يوسف غنطوس، وعن جانب الجامعة عميد كليّة الهندسة الدكتور جوزيف أسد، في حضور رئيس قسم الهندسة الكهربائيّة في الجمامعة الدكتور بشارة نعمة.
وقد تضمّنت مذكرة التفاهم عدداً من البنود شملت تبادل الخبرات، مساعدة الطلاب ذوي الكفاءات في المشاركة دورات تدريبيّة تنظمها الجمعيّة، أو حتى تأمين فرص عمل لهؤلاء الطلاب في إحدى الشركات المنتسبة إلى الجمعيّة.
وكذلك ستقوم الجمعية اللبنانية للطاقة الشمسيّة وبحسب الاتفاق بدعم مشاريع ذات صلة بالطاقة الشمسيّة يقوم بها طلاب الجامعة. ويمكن أيضاً للجمعية أن تنتدب وبموافقة الجامعة أعضاء ومهندسين للقيام بمحاضرات عن الطاقة الشمسية والطاقة المتجددّة بحسب حاجة الجامعة وطلبها. على أن يقوم الطرفان بالترويج كل لنشاطات الآخر عبر منصات التواصل الاجتماعي والمواقع الالكترونيّة التابعة لها باسسنثناء تلك التي تحمل الطابع الدعائي.
Oxfam in Lebanon, in collaboration with LSES - Lebanese Solar Energy Society, conducted a Solar Water Pumping Technology Training in Beirut on the 7th, 8th and 9th of March, and in Chtoura, Bekaa on the 13th, 14th and 15th of March. More than 55 participants took part in the trainings, including representatives from 26 INGOS/NGOs, UN agencies, and 4 water establishments (North, South, Bekaa and Beirut).
The sessions discussed factors influencing #solarenergy production, feasibility of installing solar water pumping systems, various solar pumping design softwares, groundwater and pumping principles, and guidelines for implementing #water pumping #solar systems, among others. This initiative aims at creating an environment of coordinated effort and consideration for the inclusion of sustainable #renewableenergy sources into programme design and successful implementation of such projects.
The training in Beirut was followed with a visit to the solar water pumping station in Jiyeh area, in coordination with the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment مؤسسة مياه بيروت وجبل لبنان.
In the Bekaa, this training implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Danida, was followed with a visit to the solar water pumping station in Kfarzabad area, in coordination with the Bekaa Water Establishment - مؤسسة مياه البقاع.
You are invited to participate to the RFQ of solar PV modules for Bakhoun Technical College
The envisaged project falls under the category of renewable energy for educational public institutions. It consists of the installation of a Photovoltaic PV Solar system on the roof of a remote public vocational technical school, Bakhoun public technical college, located in the north of Lebanon in the village of Bakhoun. The college provides technical vocational education for 900 students from both sexes including Lebanese and Syrians refugees.
The project is located in Bakhoun that falls under Union of municipalities of Dinniyeh which prepared the Sustainable Energy Access & Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) that enables the beginning of financial mobilization for the actions that better the town or village’s mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and/or climate change adaptation.
The college currently runs on fuel engine generators and the utility grid. The college management is suffering due to the Syrian refugee crisis that has led public schools to take on two shifts in addition to the burden of electricity costs considering excessive blackouts, high diesel cost and shortage of diesel.
The technical college in addition to the municipality are willing to start a great step towards sustainable energy for improving the environment by reducing the amount of carbon emissions and for cutting energy costs.
LSES is targeting to implement a solar PV system and LED Lighting retrofit in Bakhoun Technical College following the success of the crowdfunding campaign that raised 10,000 USD through donations and online support on Live Love Beirut Platform for Bakhoun Technical College. This project aims to decrease the load consumption of the college using renewable energy technologies and to reduce pollution loads.
The details of the Request for Quotations is downloadable on the following link
An agreement is under signature between LSES and UNDP to implement PV Solar system with battery storage system at Bakhoun Technical School. LSES will have 40 000, 00 $ to complete this project.
Project will be launched in November 2021 and the opening is planned on June 2022 (7 months duration)
The Problem: In Bakhoun, a northern Lebanese village, 900 students are at risk of dropping out of school as their only educational facility in the area can no longer sustain itself in terms of electricity and power generation. The school closure is preventable if sustainable and long term measures are urgently implemented.