Solar-Powered Pumping in Lebanon
UNDP is supporting vulnerable host-communities in various areas of Lebanon including the development and construction of water networks and the improvement of livelihoods, particularly in the agricultural sector. For example, within the umbrella of the Lebanese Centre for Water Management and Conservation (LCWMC) at the Ministry of Energy and Water, a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation aims to improve the water supply services in North Lebanon specifically in Wadi Khaled.
Within this project, a study was undertaken to assess the opportunities available to use renewable energy for water pumping for both water distribution networks and for the extraction of water for irrigation. The study looks at the viability of using photovoltaic (solar) pumps; it highlights the various types, costs, efficiencies, basic designs and the main suppliers of these systems in Lebanon. It is a useful tool for persons working on the ground to have an overview of the opportunities and limitations of such technologies.