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Need will drive solar power growth in the Middle East

Friday, December 23, 2022

Significance

Solar energy use in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq is being driven from the grassroots up or through foreign aid. Its growth is a practical response to intermittent electricity supplies rather than a desire to use green energy as a matter of principle. Government solar energy plans are progressing only slowly.

Impacts

  • If a government is formed in Lebanon, it could accelerate transition to a solar-powered grid.
  • If Masdar succeeds in constructing renewable energy infrastructure in Iraq, it could encourage further Gulf investment in Syria and Lebanon.
  • Green energy infrastructure in Iraq would make the country less politically and economically dependent on Iran.

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