Lebanon issues tender for 300 MW of large-scale solar-plus-storage

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Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has issued an expression of interest for the tender involving the construction of 300 MW of solar PV plants combined with storage systems, which it announced in early February.

According to the document, the LCEC is seeking developers interested in installing between 210 – 300 MW of large-scale solar-plus-storage capacity across three different sites in Lebanon.

“In each project, the minimum power capacity of one given Solar PV farm is 70 MW and the maximum power capacity is 100 MW with Battery Energy Storage of minimum of 70 MW power with a minimum of 70 MWh of storage capacity, regardless of the Solar PV sizing,” the LCEC said in the document.

The deadline to submit the EoI is July 12, 2018. Selected bidders will be responsible for the design, development, financing, construction and operation of the facilities, which will sell power to local power utility, EdL under a long-term PPA.

In its first and latest tender for large-scale PV, which recently concluded and has seen the awarding of contracts to 12 developers, the LCEC has allocated around 180 MW of solar power.

Projects selected in this auction will sell power at a rate not exceeding US$0.11/kWh and will be installed across four different regions: Bekaa and Hermel, South and Nabatieh, North and Akkar, and Mount Lebanon. Overall, around 3 GW of solar projects were submitted in this tender’s pre-qualification phase.