25 January 2011


National Studies

The CEDRO project has published the National Wind Atlas of the Country, where Meso-scale and Micro-scale modeling was undertaken by an internationally renowned wind energy consultant. Both onshore and offshore wind maps have been generated, and results are very positive – particularly for onshore wind farm prospects. The constrained potential for onshore wind power in Lebanon has been estimated to be equivalent to 6.1 GW, yet when particular parameters are altered and sensitivity analysis applied, the potential becomes 1.5 GW. This potential has been obtained after filtering out sites where wind farms cannot be constructed, such as urban areas, national forests or parks, historic sites, military sites, sites with steep terrain, and using a minimum average annual wind speed of 6.5 m/s and above, and a density of 8 MW/km2. This potential does not include, however, the constraints set by the Lebanese electricity network. 

Furthermore, the wind atlas has generated an interactive 100 m resolution mapping of the country’s wind regimes that can be accessed via Google Earth


The wind atlas interactive map is a web map application allowing users to view the highest wind speed zones (at 80m AGL - above 6.5m/s per year). The complete wind atlas map for the entire Lebanese territory can be obtained from CEDRO UNDP office.

For faster display you can change the Basemap to another background (eg. Bing Maps Roads)

P.S: In order to properly view this map, Internet Explorer 9 or Google Chrome is required


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