Lebanon’s government has committed itself to achieve 12% of its energy supply from renewable energy resources by the year 2020, a commitment reaffirmed in the 2010 Ministry of Energy and
Water (MoEW) Policy Paper; “This policy commits to launching, supporting and reinforcing all public, private and individual initiatives to adopt the utilization of renewable energies to reach 12% of electric and thermal supply”. The share or contribution of electricity or thermal power to this electricity mix was not specified, and therefore left to market and government conditions and policies. However, given the importance of relying on alternative sources of electricity for greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement and enhanced security of supply, and given Lebanon’s current electricity deficit and reliance on expensive fuel oil, introducing and increasing the share of renewable electricity is a necessity.
CEDRO (“Country Energy efficiency and renewable energy Demonstration project for the Recovery of Lebanon”) has been established with an aim to complement the national power sector reform strategy” and to support the greening of Lebanon’s recovery reconstruction and reform activities. The CEDRO 3 project builds on the objectives of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy and Water to develop, promote and adopt a sustainable energy strategy.
Following CEDRO’s work on resource assessment studies with respect to large-wind power applications (wind atlas), and bioenergy potential for Lebanon, this study offers a concise overview of the techno-economic performance of various concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies.