Renewable Energy in Lebanon

In many parts of Lebanon, towns and cities get only five to six hours of electricity a day. In order to bridge the gap, many use polluting diesel generators. Wind and solar energy could be a solution, but they have so far only provided power on a small scale. Now, authorities are planning to employ a system of smart grids that store renewable energy and make it available when needed. Consumers can also install solar panels on their roofs, producing their own energy and feeding surplus amounts into the grid. That surplus can then be used on days where there is no sun, or when a house uses more electricity than it produces. In that way, the grid itself is transformed into a storage system. Lebanon also plans to build major wind parks. Since the wind there doesn't blow consistently, the grid has to be adjusted to handle the fluctuations. Engineers from Lebanon are learning how to do just that at a training session in Germany. With their newly acquired knowledge, they're staying up to date with the latest technology and hoping to make power failures at home a thing of the past.



06:34 Minutes


Global Ideas

The television reports and documentaries of Deutsche Welle's 'Global Ideas' media project provide people all over the world with information on model projects which implement biodiversity and climate protection. The media project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the International Climate Initiative.