China will donate solar panels to Lebanon to support its solar energy generation project at telecommunication centers.
This was disclosed by Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Qian Minjian, recently. He revealed this plan after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and President of the Lebanese Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil Al-Jisr.
“The project is expected to cover around 358 centers of Lebanon’s state-owned telecoms operator, Ogero, benefiting over half of Ogero’s total stations across the country,” said Al-Jisr.
“We are in dialogue with the Chinese side on the following stages of this project while also discussing new future cooperative projects between the two sides,” he added.
Chinese ambassador said, “We cherish our ties with Lebanon and China will explore more cooperative projects that can be implemented in Lebanon.”
It may be noted that China and Lebanon are both making strides in the field of renewable energy. Notably,China is the world’s leader in electricity production from renewable energy sources, with over triple the generation of the second-ranking country, the United States.
China’s renewable energy sector is growing faster than its fossil fuels and nuclear power capacity, and is expected to contribute 43% of global renewable capacity growth.
Moreover, Lebanon has also adopted an ambitious target to cover 30% of its energy consumption from renewables by 2030 .
As per reports, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has collaborated with Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) to examine the policy, regulatory, financial, and capacity-related challenges to overcome in pursuing such plans .
The report recommends seven key actions to accelerate the country’s uptake of renewables, including implementing more stable and integrated regulations for renewable energy deployment, adopting new measures for small-scale applications, and reinforcing the grid and conducting grid impact assessments.