Lebanese authorities are committed to substantially increase renewable energy (RE) investment. This commitment includes increasing the share of RE in total electricity consumption to 12% by 2020, as set in the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP 2016–2020).
The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (the “LCEC”) is a governmental agency affiliated with the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (the “MEW”). The LCEC acts as the technical arm of the MEW in all issues related to renewable energy, including the implementation of the renewable energy strategy.
Accordingly, the LCEC leads on behalf of the MEW, the procurement procedures for several energy projects for Electricité du Liban (the “EdL”). Among other projects, the LCEC is currently engaged in three RE tenders for the competitive procurement of: (i) 12 solar PV projects, each between 12 and 15 MW capacity, with a total aggregated capacity between 120 MW and 180 MW; (ii) 4 wind farms, each between 50 and 100 MW capacity, totalling 200MW to 400MW; (iii) 3 solar PV projects of 70 to 100 MW each, for a total of 210 MW to 300 MW, with each project being coupled with electricity storage capacity of no less than 70 MW capacity each.
The LCEC has requested the assistance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD; “the Bank”) in providing support for the implementation of renewable energy auctions/tenders, as well as for managing the resulting increased levels of intermittent generation in the electricity system.
Scaling-up investments in renewable energy is an important means for Lebanon to: (i) increase generating capacity of the electricity sector; (ii) meet its climate change mitigation commitments by decreasing the reliance on fossil-fuel based generation; and (iii) increase the resilience of its power sector by addressing the issue of under-capacity, as well as by diversifying the country’s energy sources.
This Project consists of a comprehensive package of technical assistance to provide support to the Lebanese authorities on implementing tenders for renewable energy investments, as well as strengthening the underpinning institutional and overall regulatory and legal framework. The Project also includes support to the relevant institutions for practical aspects of implementing RE tenders, as well of managing the resulting increased levels of intermittent generation in the electricity system.
The Project consists of a comprehensive technical assistance package that will help to create an enabling environment for private sector RE investments in Lebanon, as well as to provide the necessary support to the relevant institutions for the successful implementation of RE auctions and the management of the resulting increased levels of intermittent generation in the electricity system. The technical assistance involvesupporting the authorities on implementing tenders for renewable energy investments, as well as strengthening the underpinning institutional and overall regulatory and legal framework. This component also includes support to the relevant institutions (including, but not necessarily limited to, the auctioneer) on practical aspects of implementing and administering RE tenders up to financial close, such as responding to bidders’ requests for clarifications, evaluating bids, negotiating with the winning bidders, etc.
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