Liban Cables: When Solar Energy Infiltrates the Cables
The urban environment, in which all cities strive, is mainly powered by electricity. This driving force is now very essential and the demand for it is massive. However, the growing need to supply energy is exhausting the planet. In fact, by burning fossil fuel to generate electricity, we are releasing CO2 in the atmosphere as a byproduct; this gas contributes to the greenhouse effect and is one of the main drivers of climate change. Consequently, with the environment under threat, efforts are being made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and one of many solutions to this problem is the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems which generate electricity without burning fossil fuel. Subsequently, industries with high energy consumption are urged to adopt environment-friendly policies to help preserve the environment. One Lebanese company, Liban Cables, has recently adopted such policies.
Founded in 1967 at Sanayeh, Lebanon, Liban Cables is a regional leader in the cable industry that manufactures cables, and provides cable infrastructure for buildings and industries. In 2004, it was ISO 14001 certified after fulfilling the environmental management systems requirement. “We are committed to eventually eliminate the risk affecting the environment as well as people,” a goal the company is devoted to attain. In addition to that, the corporation owns an environmental policy that encourages the minimization of pollution through waste management and technology-oriented energy optimization.
Today, Liban Cables is working on a project with the UNDP Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation project (DREG), through which 1,908 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are being installed on the company’s plant roof. The DREG project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), provided a grant covering 19% of the expenses of the installation of the system. The PV system will produce 937 megawatt-hours of energy per year, which is equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 234 Lebanese homes, thereby reducing the company’s energy consumption from burning diesel for their generators by approximately 8%. How can this cutback be of benefit? The company is set to save 187,760 US dollars per year and reduce the annual greenhouse gas emission of CO2 by 751 tonnes, which is equivalent to the weight of 375 cars. The inauguration of the new plant took place on the 14th of July, 2017.
Liban Cables made the smart choice by implementing ecofriendly policies and taking actions to preserve the environment, which will show great benefits for both the company and the environment on the long run. The efforts put into this project will, without doubt, greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions on a national scale and contribute to halting of climate change.