Lebanon issues RfP for 180 MW of solar

Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has issued a request for proposal for the installation of 180 MW of large-scale solar capacity on May 16. The document was sent to the 256 developers that submitted a project proposal in the pre-selection phase of the tender process.

Overall, 3 GW of PV power projects were submitted. Developers will now have time until August 17 to present their final proposals. Through the RfP, the Lebanese government expects to build twelve PV plants ranging in size from 10 MW to 15 MW.

The proposed projects are distributed among the districts of Bekaa and Hermel (34%), South and Nabatieh (25%), North and Akkar (21%), and Mount Lebanon (16%). 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 Expression of Interest for the 180 MW tender was launched in February.

The Lebanese Cabinet approved the plan to implement the 180 MW auction in late March. The authors of the plan believe that the targeted 180 MW of solar PV installations by 2020 is “very realistic” and that the achievement of this target would require an aggregate investment of around $240 million. A more optimistic scenario depicted by the Ministry of Energy, however, forecasts that 300 MW of solar could be installed in Lebanon by 2020.

Lebanon currently has 22 MW of installed PV power, of which around 20 MW is represented by distributed generation PV installations. Almost half of all PV capacity in operation was added in the past three years. The only solar farm currently operating in Lebanon is the 1 MW Beirut River Solar Snake (BRSS) demonstration project in the center of the country.