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Beirut Solar Project Aims to Slow Power Cuts

A river-spanning solar farm in the heart of Beirut is stoking hopes that renewable energy can play a key role in solving Lebanon’s power problem. Built on time and under budget at just more than $3 million, the Beirut River Solar Snake Project is claimed by its creators to be the only one of its kind.

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Beirut suffers from daily power cuts, but the situation is often worse away from Lebanon's cities. (VOA / J. Owens)
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Beirut suffers from daily power cuts, but the situation is often worse away from Lebanon's cities. (VOA / J. Owens)

Parts of Lebanon can receive as little as three or four hours of grid electricity a day. (VOA / J. Owens)
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Parts of Lebanon can receive as little as three or four hours of grid electricity a day. (VOA / J. Owens)

The Beirut River Solar Snake Project spans a river in the Burj Hammoud neighborhood - its makers claim it is the only one of its kind in the world. (VOA / J. Owens)
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The Beirut River Solar Snake Project spans a river in the Burj Hammoud neighborhood - its makers claim it is the only one of its kind in the world. (VOA / J. Owens)

Bourj Hammoud, which is set to benefit from the Solar Snake. (VOA /J. Owens)
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Bourj Hammoud, which is set to benefit from the Solar Snake. (VOA /J. Owens)

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