Throughout the 3 years of the MED-DESIRE project, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has been working on supporting the development and deployment of solar energy technologies by removing market and non-market barriers. LCEC has been tackling quality standards, testing and certification for products and installations as well as the elaboration of innovative financial mechanisms. A series of activities have been done until date to present, discuss and put the results of the MED-DESIRE project into action.
Within this context, LCEC held a capitalization event on these achieved results on Thursday December 3, 2015 from 17:00 till 19:00 at Smallville Hotel, Badaro, Beirut. The event entitled “MED-DESIRE capitalization discussion towards the facilitation of Net-Metering and good quality connection to EDL” was a discussion session between solar companies and Electricité du Liban (EDL), the national electricity utility, to develop recommendations on the good quality connection of solar photovoltaic systems to the national electricity grid and on the removal of administrative barriers in the presence of 50 participants from solar companies, World Energy Congress (WEC) Lebanon Committee and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) projects.
The opening speech was done by Mr. Ziad el Zein, LCEC vice president, where he introduced the participants to the objectives and goals of the event and emphasized on the importance of integration of all partners from different sectors to successfully remove barriers. He said that the growth of solar photovoltaics in the energy market has led to the increase in operating companies’ numbers in the field and consequently to the increase in number of the applications submitted to EDL to benefit from the net metering. He stated that the event aims at clarifying all questions and concerns that solar companies have by obtaining clear answers from EDL engineers. This event is a first step and will be followed by a series of events towards the active implementation of the Net-Metering scheme and the development of a grid code for large scale ptojects in Lebanon. Its results will be further capitalized during 2016 by both UNDP CEDRO and UNDP DREG projects.
Then, Mr. Rani Al Achkar, LCEC Programmes Development Engineer, talked about the goals, objectives and achievements of the MED-DESIRE project. He said that, despite the fact that the MED-DESIRE project will reach to its end by the end of year 2015, LCEC would keep its efforts in promoting the clean energy market in Lebanon. And that tackling a “Quality Supply Chain for Solar Photovoltaics in Lebanon” cannot be fully capitalized unless quality connection to the grid is achieved.
The event was followed by a discussion session between the main stakeholders tackling the issue of grid connection and grid codes (namely solar PV companies, UNDP CEDRO and UNDP DREG projects) and the EDL engineers about the technical and administrative requirements, barriers and needs, and the perspective of the companies. The discussion ended by developing a set of recommendations on the needed steps for the removal of barriers.