Beirut River Solar Snake: The First Solar Farm In Lebanon

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Picture cropped originally taken from RitaKml

This idea was launched today by the Ministry of Energy and Water through the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (L.C.E.C). Rita has all the details on this project:

As shown in the first picture above, the idea behind the Beirut River Solar Snake is to cover the concrete structure, around 6 meter above river level, with solar panels and to generate, as a start, 1MW which will be linked to the grid via an inverter. The river will be covered with 20,000m2 of solar panel space in the first phase.

The final goal is to generate 10MW and in order to do so, 6.5km will be covered with solar panels. The money generated from phase 1 will be reinvested in the project to add add.

The maximum budget is set to a maximum of $4 million. But this cost is projected to decrease knowing that similar projects in Jordan cost around $2.3 million without taking into consideration the cost incurred by the structure.

Moreover, the French Embassy will provide Lebanon with a solar panel testing platform which will serve as a lab. This will also have educational purposes for all parties concerned including students. I see it as a mean to involve the population. The pre-qualification bid announcement for the Beirut River Solar Snake project will take place on 23 April 2013.

I don’t know much about solar farms but that’s the first time I hear about building one on top of a river. What happens if the river floods? How about the chemicals and garbage being thrown in the river? Doesn’t Nahr Beirut require maintenance? I don’t know much yet about this project but anything related to renewable energies is interesting so let’s hope it’s for the best.

Thank you Elie!

10 thoughts on “Beirut River Solar Snake: The First Solar Farm In Lebanon

  1. Anonymous

    What about the safety of the panels ? The way I see it they are very accessible from the street and can be easily broken sabotaged especially in this country.


    وبخصوص الطوفان لأنو مجرى النهر مسدود وبدون صيانة من كذا وكذا سنة؟

  3. Ahmad

    Anonymous comment is very feasible . The so easily accessible M$4,000000 stuff needs 24/7 Battalion guarding it against stealing (panel after panel or group of panels after a group) , sabotage, and else . I hope not became a rubbish shed for the river below

  4. p

    What happens to the bacteria levels? Sun rays help reduce contamination in the water. Now with all the waste water being dumped into Nahr Beirut, reducing sunlight will dramatically increase contamination of the river and the sea…

    1. rick

      Agree. And having it done in other countries doesn’t mean it is resolved in this case. Other countries have cleaner water and no such intensive industrial waste going into lakes as we do…


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