Lebanon to issue RfP for 180 MW of solar by mid-April

Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) said it will issue the request for proposal for the installation of 180 MW of solar capacity by mid-April.

In a statement to pv magazine, the agency said that a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) document is currently being finalized, and that it will need to go through several rounds of reviews and approvals before being shared with the 265 bidders.

The LCEC added that the timeframe for evaluation of the proposals will depend on the eventual date of launching of the RFP, the time period that the interested bidders are given to complete their proposals (between 2 and 3 months) and the administrative procedures to form an inter-ministerial committee, if one will be needed. Furthermore, the agency stressed that the RFP phase will be restricted to the list of bidders selected at this Expression of Interest phase.

According to financial newspaper BusinessNews, the country‘s Ministry of Energy and Water received 265 bids in the frame of the EoI. Pre-selected projects have reached a combined capacity of 3 GW. The proposed projects, which have an average size of 10 MW to 15 MW, are distributed among the districts of Bekaa and Hermel (34%), South and Nabatieh (25%), North and Akkar (21%), and Mount Lebanon (16%).

The Lebanese Cabinet approved the plan to implement the 180 MW auction this week. Selected projects will sell power to local utility Electricité du Liban (EDL) under a 20-year PPA. The price of contracted power will not exceed $0.10 per kWh. The tender is open to PV projects exceeding 1 MW.