Dubai, UAE [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. recently supplied solar panels for 19 remote schools in Lebanon working with local partner and Lebanese integrator Asaco General Trade & Contracting. Sponsored and facilitated by the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO), established through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the combined systems represent the largest solar initiative in Lebanon.
Because of the locations of the schools in rural villages spread across the Bekaa Valley and Northern Lebanon, grid power can be intermittent and unreliable. In the past, teachers and administrators at these 19 schools have persevered through the blackouts.
Now they will be able to rely on the sun to provide classroom and library lighting as well as reliable access to a computer or fax/copy machine. Asaco designed custom systems using Suntech solar modules for each of the 19 schools, with power outputs ranging from 1.2kWp to 1.8kWp.
“For more than 20 years, and ever since the war, electrical power failure in the public grid has been a chronic problem for us,” explained Joseph Nakleh, principal of the Anna Intermediate Public School. “We experienced blackouts on average for six to twelve hours each day. As a public school, we didn’t have the budget to fund an alternative power source, so over time we adapted to the frequent grid power failures. Unfortunately, this was affecting the quality of educational services that we strive to provide our students. The new system is not only an excellent solution since it finally solved our electricity issues, but it will serve as a tangible, everlasting example for our students about the good uses of green power.”