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November 2019

Country Entrepreneurship for Distributed Renewables Opportunities (CEDRO 5)

The CEDRO 5 project aims to achieve the objectives outlined above through enhancing innovation, entrepreneurship and research , assisting in technology transfer and the creation of new value chains in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector, supporting and initating enabling policy, training and capacity building, and targeting effective awareness initiatives on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE).

July 2019

Sustainable Energy for Security – SE4S

A new project under the title: “Sustainable Energy for Security: Interventions for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) along the North-eastern Lebanese Border”, a project funded by the European Union and coordinated with the Lebanese Armed forces and Ministry of Defense, aims to target the North Eastern border regions of Lebanon and enhance the security and safety of the duty stations and surrounding communities, through renewable energy applications.

 The project officially started its activities on July 01, 2019 and will extend to December 31, 2021.

December 2017

Lighting up new host localities

A new list of beneficiary villages in Akkar, the South and Nabatieh will soon benefit from solar powered street lighting. Approximately 280 solar street lighting poles will be installed, enhancing the sense of security of residents and refugees alike, and reducing the probability of accidents at night.  

November 2017

A step closer to net metering

In close collaboration with the EDL team, a new online platform is under development providing an easier and simpler application process. The end user will be able to communicate with the EDL team throughout the online application process and will be able to track the progress of his / her application. 

October 2017

Upgrading voltage quality

Part of the crisis response plan set out by the MEW involves the installation of low voltage transformers, and the UNDP is in the process of installing several transformers and related accessories in the 251 localities identified as relatively more vulnerable areas. 

September 2017

Unveiling ground sourced energy

In reference to the 1.08MW ground source heat pump system implemented at the MMC, a LEED gold design medical complex, a guideline report detailing the design and implementation process has been compiled. The guideline report was launched during the international Beirut Energy Forum in the presence of main stakeholders and experts in the renewable energy sector in Lebanon. 

September 2017

CEDRO 4 in three illustrative videos

In an aim to raise awareness and provide an illustrative overview of the main tasks undertaken by the CEDRO 4 project, three illustrative / informative videos have been developed. The videos showcasing the biomass, PV-Diesel and Ground Source Heat Pump technologies have been launched during the three international Beirut Energy Forum event. Furthermore, the videos have been featured on television both as commercial spots and during talk shows, social media outlets and the project’s website. 

August 2017

New leaf with a new headline

Under new funding and new headlines, the CEDRO project identified 11 new beneficiaries for hybrid PV-Diesel implementations. The new journey under a Kingdom of the Netherlands Fund focuses on implementations of clean and abundantly available energy in sites within the 251 vulnerable localities as identified by the Government of Lebanon – consisting of already relatively disadvantaged areas that are hosting the bulk of the displaced Syrians. 

May 2017

Teaming up with the Lebanese Armed Forces for a sustainable Lebanon

The Lebanese army is leading the way with the launching of its first sustainable energy strategy complete with the baseline, targets and measures. The strategy, in line with the Government’s commitment in terms of energy efficiency and renewable energy under the Paris Climate Change agreement, sets the LAF’s path towards a greener and cleaner energy in all their facilities, hence setting an example for other institutions to follow. 

March 2017

Inauguration of a leader site amongst industrialists

The largest Hybrid PV-Diesel implementation by the CEDRO 4 project in an industrial site was inaugurated under the auspices of the Minister of Industry H.E. Dr. Hussein Hajj Hassan and the Minister of Energy and Water H.E. Mr. Cesar Abi Khalil, represented by Dr. Khaled Nakhle, and in the presence of the Head of the First Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, Mr. Jose Luis Vinuesa, the UNDP country director Mr. Luca Rendain and the president of the Association of Lebanese Industrialist and Chairman / General Manager of Gemayel Freres, Dr. Fadi Gemayel. An extensive list of invitees included heads of several industrial facilities in Lebanon who showed great interest in the implementation and inquired about the process and benefits. 

February 2017

Identifying the Syrian crisis impact

A study was completed in close coordination with the MEW identifying the impact of the influx of the displaced Syrians due to the ongoing crisis on the electrical sector in Lebanon. Surveys were conducted to identify the energy consumption per settlement type in the various regions. The study results have been included in the Ministry’s Crisis response plan and have served as basis for the drafting of the recommendations. 

January 2017

Review, assessment and guideline dissemination of the Net - Metering process

Based on the existing pool of sites benefiting from net – metering, a guideline report has been disseminated to the committee responsible for the process at EDL. The two – hour technical workshop worked through the process in theory and discussed the drawbacks and difficulties faced by the committee in monitoring and billing the said sites.  

November 2016

Sustainable Forestry

A sustainable forestry 5-publication series was launched in the presence of representatives of the two implemented sites (Bkassines and Aandket), along with several representatives of other Lebanese municipalities interested in replicating the plant. Such plants will assist in ensuring that proper sustainable forest management techniques are applied in respective localities, reducing wildfire risks and providing local production of sustainable briquettes used for space heating during the winter season. 

July 2016

Launching of industry specific studies

Following the energy audits completed for the CEDRO industrial beneficiaries, a study featuring the key energy efficiency measures specific to the Lebanese industrial sector have been developed and launched in the presence of key industrialists. Furthermore, based on the data collection and the developed designs for the CEDRO 4 and MEDSOLAR Hybrid PV – Diesel sites, a guideline for such implementations has been developed and launched at the same event. Finally, a session on concentrated solar thermal for industries based on the audit findings has been provided to answer the many concerns and inquiries of industrialists. 

July 2016

Inauguration of the 150 kWp system in time for AUB's 150 yrs anniversary

The inauguration of the Hybrid PV-Diesel system at the American University of Beirut (AUB) was held in time for the campus celebration of their 150thyear of operation in Beirut. The event was held in the presence of top AUB board members, alumna and potential donor pool. 

November 2015

Sustainable biomass know-how transfer

A sustainable harvest plan was developed as part of the two-fold biomass briquette plant implementation in Bkassine and Aandket. A one-week theoretical and practical workshop was given in Solsona and Barcelona for the selected representatives of the two sites and the Ministry of Agriculture. The workshop focused on the sustainable methods of forest management. 

November 2015

Closing of yet another chapter

The ENPI CBCMED MEDSOLAR project held its final steering committee meeting in Barcelona in the presence of all the partners: TTA, UPC, Solartys, CEA, ERC, UNDP and NERC. Presentations about the tasks, the work implemented, the challenges and opportunities and the accomplished milestones have been given by each partner. The UNDP (represented by the CEDRO project) provided a detailed overview of the 4 implemented sites and their performance to date. 

November 2015

5 steps closer to sustainable design

A 5-day workshop on sustainable design (architecture and engineering) was provided to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) – Architecture and Engineering design department at Kfarshima. The workshop provided members of the army with detailed presentations on the various components of sustainable design, implementation and procurement to implement in future facility development, management, retrofit and component / equipment procurement. 

September 2015

EU day in Beirut

With all the streams’ beneficiaries on – board, and data collection process fully started, a beneficiaries’ report was developed providing background information about the beneficiaries, the system to be implemented and the benefits to the respective institutions. The report has been launched during the EU – day event held in Beirut. 

November 2014

Official launch of a new Page

The 4thphase of the CEDRO project, a three year implementation period funded by the European Union (EU) with new financing modalities (beneficiary co-financing with or without NEEREA), new technologies (Hybrid solar systems, biomass, centralized residential system), new configuration and capacity range (PV-Diesel Hybrid systems with capacities 100kWp and larger), new policies (virtual community – led net metering). The launching took place at USEK campus in Kaslik in the presence of all CEDRO – 4 and MEDSOLAR beneficiaries. 

June 2014

Transfer of know-how

Representative from identified solar PV beneficiaries for the CEDRO 4 and MEDSOLAR sites along with CEDRO engineers attended a 1-week technical workshop at RENAC in Berlin. The workshop focused on the new configuration – Lebanese electrical sector specific – to be installed in the identified facilities, the operation and maintenance to ensure the sustainability of the implementations. 

June 2014

Hanging Gardens

The UNDP CEDRO project, in a joint venture with the Central Bank of Lebanon, has implemented the first hydroponic intensive green roof on one of the Bank’s main buildings in Hamra. roof gardens provides additional roof insulation, which would reduce the air conditioning need in the space below it. Furthermore, the garden enhances the building aesthetically, and helps reduce CO2 emissions while providing an outdoor scape for the employees to network. 

March 2014

New partners

Following the call for beneficiaries, CEDRO engineers have undertaken detailed site visits to all applicants’ facilities to consolidate the provided data and collect missing ones. Beneficiaries were notified. In parallel CEDRO 4 platform was set up with all its streams, stakeholders meetings held for identification of potential beneficiaries and assigning teams for detailed evaluation and final selection. 

January 2014

Lebanese Commercial Large Scale PV

The MEDSOLAR project aims at promoting and implementing solar energy innovative technologies and know-how transfer,.The implementation of 2 systemsof at least 100kWpeach, target private sector NGOs, and consists of a novel tri-partite power generation combining photovoltaic (PV) energy, national grid and diesel grid architecture, with interim battery storage. Two sites have been selected based on a competitive call for beneficiaries, and areexpected to co-finance the installation and meet the pre-requisites of an energy audit. 

December 2013

Powering from Hydro

The UNDP CEDRO project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water, published a study on Hydropower Potential from Non-River Sources in Lebanon. The study identified about 3.4MW of energy that can be generated along the coastline of Lebanon from the water dumped back into the Mediterranean; 1.27MW from irrigation channels and 408KW from drinking water across the country. These estimates can be considered conservative given the difficulty in available data in this particular sector.
December 2013

Powering from Waste

A study published by the UNDP CEDRO project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Water, investigated the wastewater potential for energy generation. Five waste water treatment plants were identified: Sour, Aabde, Saraafabd, Saida and MajdalAnjar. The combined expected installed electrical power of the plants totals up to: 5.9MW. It also shows that the addition of sludge from nearby plants increases the potential to 11.6MW. 

October 2013

Solar Lit Port

The UNDP CEDRO project installed a 7.5 kWp photovoltaic system composed of 57 panels spread over two pergolas centralized in one location to power the Batroun Port. Produced energy is stored in lead acid batteries which power the entire port with LED lighting of different capacities depending on the area’s use and requirements.We recommend you visit the port at night! 

October 2013

Setting the grounds for a new page

A call for beneficiary has been launched for future solar implementation in new sectors and with a new configuration specific to the Lebanese electricity sector. Applications were advertised on the websites, social media outlets and national newspapers targeting NGOs and private sectors (mainly commercial, industrial and educational institutions). 

September 2013

End of a Chapter

At the end of its mandate, the UNDP CEDRO project was part of the Beirut Energy Forum exhibition that is dedicated to energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings. The BEF conference is one of the most attended events in the Arab World. CEDRO showcased five years’ worth of implementations, publications, awareness and lobbying. A short documentary was developed and delivered at the booth highlighting the installations around the Lebanese cities and their savings.  

November 2012

Wind to Power RasBaalback

CEDRO implemented the first micro wind installation at the RasBaalback Community Center that hosts four medical clinics: dentistry, gynecology, pediatrics and cardiac health, as well as administrative facilities. The installed system, a 10 ampere micro wind turbine with battery storage, provides part of the center’s energy consumption. The center’s director, expressed his satisfaction with the system, especially that it has replaced the diesel backup generator. 

March 2012

National Bioenergy Assessment

The National Bioenergy Assessment was launched in a workshop organized by the UNDP CEDRO project under the auspices of H.E. Mr. GebranBassil, Minister of Energy and Water, H.E. Mr. Robert Watkins, UNDP Resident Representative and H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Gafo, the Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon. The event featuredfindings from the study highlighting the ten major streams identified and is hope  to increase Lebanon’s independence with respect to heating, electricity and transportation. 

December 2011

Connect to the National Grid

A cooperation between the UNDP CEDRO project, the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Electricite de Liban, the net metering scheme was launched allowing the small renewable energy end user to feed any excess production into the national grid. This initiative helps incentivize the end user to invest in clean energy production instead of carbon emitting and high fuel cost generators. 

August 2011

Heating and Cooling from the Ground

CEDRO implemented the first Ground Source Heat Pump in Lebanon, at Bejjeh municipal building. The installation is a central heating and cooling system that pumps heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in winter) or a heat sink (in summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational conditioning costs.

January 2011

Lebanese Wind Potential

The first national study on renewable energy resources by CEDRO was launched on January 25th2011. The National Wind Atlas was completed by Garrad Hassan, an international consultant based in Bristol, UK. The launch featured several presentations by the consultant,showcasing the methodology, potential and results. An Atlas was developed for the country showing potentials at 50m and 80m above ground.
June 2010

Initiation of the of Biomass National Study

As part of CEDRO’s mandate to assist the Lebanese Government in formulating a sustainable energy strategy and action plan, the project launched a study to assess the total bioenergy potential of Lebanon. The study is to develop the overall potential of bioenergy in Lebanon through “sustainable” scenarios based on social, economic, and environmental parameters. 



The UNDP-CEDRO project released a call for beneficiaries for different types of facilities from the public sector in Akkar, Bekaa and the South for the implementation of Solar Water Heating (SWH) and Photovoltaic (PV) systems., CEDRO engineers completed site assessments to validate the submitted information; while and in close collaboration with the technical backstopping firm Trama Techno Ambiental (TTA), CEDRO finalized the SWH and PV designs.

October 2007

Instituting CEDRO

In partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Water, the Ministry of Finance, and the Council for Development and Reconstruction, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is managing the CEDRO project. Created in October 2007, with a mandate of five years, lasting till October 2013, and an initial budget of9.73 million USD funded by the Government of Spain through the Lebanon Recovery Fund (LRF). 


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