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Until recently, the development of renewable energy in Lebanon has been impeded by bureaucracy, political stagnation and high prices. Now, with the encouragement of the government and support of the private sector, experts believe the time is ripe to make substantial plans for a future of renewable energy in Lebanon.The Sustainable Energy in Lebanon gathering aims to assess the country's 2020 target of meeting its goal of 12 percent renewables, which is on track, and to lay plans for the 2030 vision, which has the goal of reaching 15 percent renewables – an ambitious target given that the demand is projected to double by that time.With more than 300 days of sun a year, steady wind on the north coast and the East Mountains, and a highly skilled workforce of renewable energy professionals – many of whom are exporting their services – Lebanon has all the potential to be a leader in alternative energy.In 2016, Lebanon passed laws giving the Cabinet the authority to grant licenses to the private sector to produce renewable energy, and allowing for the production of electricity to connect to the grid.
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