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Solar in MENA: Lebanon issues call for expression of interest for 300-MWp solar, storage tender

Solar in MENA: Lebanon issues call for expression of interest for 300-MWp solar, storage tender
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The government of Lebanon has issued a call for expression of interest (EoI) for three large-scale solar projects of up to 300 MWp in total, coupled with energy storage capacity.

Lebanon’s Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is looking for companies willing to design, develop, finance, build and operate between 210 MWp and 300 MWp of photovoltaic (PV) parks with battery storage. The plants will be located at different sites in the Western Asian country, as chosen by the developer.

The deadline for submitting EoIs is July 12. A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be the next step in the competitive selection.

According to the tender announcement on LCEC’s website, the capacity of each project should be at least 70 MWp and up to 100 MWp, whereas the energy storage facility, with a capacity of 70 MW, should be able to store 70 MWh of power, regardless of the solar park’s size.

Winning candidates will be provided long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) to sell their plants’ output to local utility Electricite du Liban (EdL).

Last year, Lebanon awarded contracts to 12 developers in its latest solar round, with the allocated capacity totalling 180 MWp. The proposed plants will be installed across four regions of Lebanon and are planned to be operational by 2020.

SOURCE: Renewables Now

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