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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. 

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! 

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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