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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Systems in Lebanon

UNDP24 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Spain, is supporting the project "Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO)," which aims to increase use of renewable energy sources, provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and reduce the consumption of national electricity supplies.

Under the project, over 36 sites will receive solar-powered systems, seven of which are schools. The solar systems will benefit public and private buildings that were once affected by long daily blackouts.

During the month of May, inauguration ceremonies were held at three schools, in Kfour, Akkar and Bekaa, to launch the solar-panel systems. At the Kfour inauguration, UNDP Deputy Country Director Shombi Sharp noted that the solar systems will strengthen the awareness on the relationship between climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy. [UNDP Press Release]