Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Study
The National Renewable Energy Action Plan for the Republic of Lebanon 2016-2020 sited concentrated solar power as one of the solutions for renewable energy generation in Lebanon. Based on a study completed by CEDRO in 2012, Hermel was the most suitable region for a concentrated solar power plant as it has a high insolation rate and the most available lands for use. The optimum size to opt for at the time was a 50 MW plant with 7.5 hours of storage.
In cooperation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), and under a D2B project, the LCEC launched a “request for proposal for consultancy services for the development of a concentrated solar power plant at Hermel, Lebanon”. The funding of this project was fully available through the D2B project.
The RFP has been published and multiple companies submitted their applications. The evaluation process is complete, and currently the LCEC is preparing the legal contract to be signed with the winning bidder. The project will continue for 14 months after the contract signature, and will be followed by a tender for building the CSP plant as per the feasibility study’s recommendations.