The solar power project in Qabrikha.(The Daily Star/Abby Sewell)
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The road leading into the village of Qabrikha winds its way through rolling green and gold hills.As in many remote areas of Lebanon, Qabrikha endures cuts of 12 hours a day or more on the state-run power grid supplied by Electricite du Liban.However, unlike in many areas, where generator subscriptions are sold by private operators, in Qabrikha, the municipality owns three generators, ranging from 200 to 400 kilovolt-amperes, that supply the village during EDL cuts.Qabrikha Mayor Ismail Hijazi said he was immediately on board with the concept.The mayor is hoping that the publicity the solar power project has brought will attract other investors to carry out projects in Qabrikha.Once that happens, Hijazi estimated that Qabrikha residents would see reductions of up to 30 percent on their EDL bills.
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