The Don Bosco Cultural Center opened 250 PV street lights, as part of the first year's project of the Green Energy and Sustainable Development (ESSK) (AID 11478), and that between the towns of Kahale and Araya.
These street lights were installed during an inauguration ceremony under the patronage of HE Nada Bustani Khoury, Minister of Energy and Water, represented by Dean Dr Joseph Al-Assad, and in the presence of MP Cesar Abi Khalil and others.
The inauguration ceremony in the town of Kahale opened with the national anthem and was followed by a number of speeches, initiated by the Mayor of Kahale, Engineer Jean Bejjani, who talked about the importance of associations and donations for the development of society.
From his side, the President of the "Don Bosco" Cultural Center and the manager of this new project, Abboud Bejjani, presented the stages of implementation of the project and its positive impact on the environment.
MP Cesar Abi Khalil also delivered a speech in which he stressed on the importance of the project and the green energy and sustainable development, calling for "generalizing this model to all Lebanese regions and creating a culture of green energy for all citizens."
Finally, Dean Dr Joseph Al-Assad stressed in his speech on the importance of "cooperation between the public and private sectors and the initiatives of associations to help the state."
The Green Energy and Sustainable Development project (ESSK) (AID 11478) was implemented in cooperation with VIDES Italy, the Municipality of Kahale, and the Municipality of Araya. It is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs represented by the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Earlier in August, the Italian contingent of the UN Peacekeeping Force in southern Lebanon launched a solar lighting project along the highway of Tyre, from the headquarters of the Lebanese Red Cross to the Hosba market by Tyre Public Garden.
As stated by the UNIFIL, "These lights rely entirely on renewable solar energy and are geared toward helping Lebanon develop a new relationship with the environment.
Three months ago, and as part of the UN's project CEDRO, the EU invested 365,718 euros (roughly $400,000) in the installation of a number of solar panels in the village of Qabrikha, as an experiment in public solar power.
According to a statement by the EU, Qabrikha was just one of "several innovative projects promoting energy efficiency and small-scale renewables in Lebanon."