New solar panels feed energy-starved Sidon
New solar panels feed energy-starved Sidon -Daily star- Mohammad Zaatari
Mohammed Zaatari| The Daily Star
SIDON, Lebanon: Lebanon s southern coastal city of Sidon is in the process of installing more than 100 solar panels in an eco-friendly initiative to increase the area s power supply.
Solar panel street lights are being placed along the seaside promenade, known as the corniche, as well as the Rafik Hariri Boulevard, which extends from the northern entrance of Sidon up to the city s port, passing through the historic old waterfront.
Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi said the project was carried out by Lebanon s Public Works and Transport Ministry in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, and funded by the United Kingdom s Department for International Development.
“Within a few weeks, [work on] installing 131 [solar] street lights will be completed, and citizens will be able to enjoy 24 hours of electricity along the corniche,” he said, thanking all those who made the project possible.
Most of Lebanon still suffers from daily power outages. The country s aging electricity plants currently produce 1,600 MW of power, far short of the 2,500 MW needed to meet demand.
However, Lebanon s diverse geography is well-suited for solar, hydroelectric and wind energy, making it fertile ground for renewables.
One successful project is the 35 meter Beirut River Solar Snake, which after being completed in September 2015 now supplies power to 1,000 households in the capital.