How it began
With a lack of solar power panels in Marjeyoun, they are not preserving the environment as they should be. Installing solar panels would protect ground water whilst also controlling air pollution in the area.
How it worked
This project was requested by the municipality as part of the call for proposals that was initiated by Live Lebanon in March 2013. A field visit was conducted to assess the importance and the real need of the project. The project was suggested to the donor who showed interest in funding it, and the outcome was extremely beneficial.
With the constant electricity shortage problem in Lebanon, Lebanese villages find it difficult to light up their roads and ensure the safety of its citizens.
In 2014, the United Nations Development Program’s Live Lebanon initiative, along with Jdeidet Marjeyoun municipality, inaugurated the successful implementation of the solar streetlights project in the Southern village of Jdeidet Marjeyoun. The project implemented aims at providing the village with solar streetlight systems in view of creating a more safe environment in terms of transportation and reducing the momentous number of dangerous accidents. The solar energy is a local solution to the ongoing electricity shortage problem in Lebanon which will also contribute to the mitigation of climate change and environmental threats.
The project was entirely funded by the generous contribution of Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Ghaleb Farha. The inauguration ceremony was held in the municipality of Jdeidet Marjeyoun, in the presence of the Mayor Mr. Amal Hourani, UNDP Social and Local development program manager Dr. Raghed Assi, important figures of the village and surrounding regions, as well as residents of the area.