The French financing scheme FASEP-Formation Professionnelle managed by the General Directorate of the Treasury of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance co-funds the preparation of vocational training initiatives in the partner countries with particular emphasis being placed on sustainable development.
On 17 February 2014, the French Ministry of Economy and Finance approved the financing of a project entitled “Educational and Demonstration Platform for Renewable Energies in Lebanon” under the FASEP-Formation Professionnelle program.
The project was a joint initiative between the French company Transénergie and the Ministry of Energy and Water, represented by the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), the United Nations Development Program in Lebanon (UNDP) and with the direct financial and logistical support of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI).
The project has established an educational platform on solar photovoltaic (PV) installation to be used by researchers, educational institutions, university students, as well as professionals in the solar photovoltaic sector. The platform is also allowing the IRI to test solar PV equipment and troubleshoot solar PV systems. It could also allow manufacturers and suppliers to present the different solar PV system technologies available in the market.
- A Solar PV system of 4.4 kWp is installed on the roof of the IRI as an extension of the existing 56 kWp+ 30kWp solar PV systems. The system is connected to an inverter located in the technical room and provides electricity for internal uses.
- A technical room that can accommodates a group of 10 to 12 trainees and equipped with 10 working stations.
- A solar street lighting system
- A hybrid solar system (solar PV + thermal)