Lebanon’s 180 MW solar tender moves forward

The 180 MW solar tender, issued by Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) in May is moving forward, having entered the bid evaluation phase.

In a statement to pv magazine, LCEC chairman Pierre Khoury said the evaluation of the 42 submitted bids will commence in two weeks, and that the selection process will be held at a later stage.

Khoury has also confirmed that 12 bids will be ultimately selected. In the pre-selection phase, 3 GW of projects coming from 256 companies were submitted for preliminary selection. Khoury said, however, that several developers decided to quit the contest, as each single bidder is not allowed to invest in more than one solar park.

Through the RfP, the Lebanese government expects to build 12 PV plants ranging in size from 10 to 15 MW. These solar parks will be located in the districts of Bekaa and Hermel (34%), South and Nabatieh (25%), North and Akkar (21%), and Mount Lebanon (16%).

The facilities will deliver power to local electricity provider Electricité du Liban (EDL) under a 20-year PPA. The price of contracted power will not exceed $0.10 per kWh.

The Lebanese Cabinet approved the plan to implement the 180 MW auction in late March.

Lebanon currently has only 22 MW of installed PV capacity, of which around 20 MW is represented by residential and commercial PV installations.