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.
- 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.