In: News 22 Sep 2014


Lebanese Al-Manar TV broadcasted a promotional video concerning GR.ENE.CO Green Energy Promoter course  in September 2014, 19th

Mr Talal Khrais, Communication representative for the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, explained the course and the GR.ENE.CO project during an interview at Habet Misk.

Watch the video.



In: News 16 Sep 2014
In: News 05 Sep 2014




Alexandria University have just published the public notice for selecting participants in the Green Energy Promoter Courses scheduled for Egyptian aspiring promoters.

Training is open to a maximum of 30 trainees from Alexandria or El-Behira city.

The course will start next October 2014, 12nd and the selection procedure will be closed by September 21nd.


Information about selection and application forms are available at:


In: News 05 Sep 2014


Beirut Arab University, (BAU) – Lebanon has published the public notice for selecting n.20 participants in the Green Energy Promoter Course. The objective of the course is to provide in-depth training for a new professional role: the  Green Energy Promoter. The promoter will be able to help companies to choose a green agricultural system and leading them in the path to RES implementation offering its technical
and administrative support. The course is offered free of charge. It will last for about 200 hours. The starting date is on the 27th of October 2014 and the end date is on the 12th of December 2014. The venue of the course delivery will be at Beirut Arab University, BAU premises in Debieh.

Adults living in Lebanon whom are interested may apply for the Green Energy Promoter course. Application forms are available at http://www.bau.edu.lb/green-energy-promoter

The deadline for submission is on the 23rd September 2014.


In: News 31 Jul 2014

The GR.ENE.CO beneficiary, Gal Sarcidano – Barbagia di Seulo has published the public notice for selecting n.20 participants in the Green Energy Promoter Course. The objective of the course is to provide in-depth training for a new professional figure: the Green Energy Promoter. The promoter will be able to help companies to choose a green agricultural system and leading them in the path to RES implementation offering its technical and administrative support.
The course will last n.200 hours and start by next October 2014 at GAL Sarcidano-Barbagia di Seulo offices in Isili (CA). Adults living in Sardinia and holding a high school degree – or equivalent – may apply for the Green Energy Promoter course.
The proposals must be delivered by 15/09/2014 (by post or personal delivery). Any applications received after the 15/09/2014 will automatically be rejected.



In: News 30 Jul 2014

energy community
New patterns of social collaboration will shake the energy market thanks to Energy Communities.
Energy Communities are communities made of families, industries, PA and shopping malls, hospitals and condominiums, which join together for the self-production and sharing of energy consumption.
Thanks to these “eCollaboration” models, the use of RES energy may be optimized leading to the implementation of energy efficiency measures as guarantee for bills costs saving.
According to the research carried out by Ambrosetti and Politecnico of Milan – presented during the Second Forum of the Permanent Observatory of Energy Innovative Uses by GDF SUEZ – in Italy about 475 thousands of Energy Communities will be scheduled by 2020.
The results of another survey – taken by Istituto Piepoli – confirmed that Italians have an increasing interest in these new models of social collaboration: 37% of interviewees said that would be interested in participating to an Energy Communities considering the electricity bill cost saving and the low environmental impact.

In: News 30 Jul 2014

The GR.ENE.CO Renewable Energy workshop has been held in Alexandria, at Agriculture Directorate on 19th May 2014, under the patronage of the Governor of Alexandria, Major General Mr. Tarek El – Mahdy.
The workshop focused on promoting knowledge and awareness among local farms about green energy and energy saving.
Several prestigious Egyptian personalities from regional institutions and energy sector took the floor for explaining the opportunities deriving from RES implementation, the local and national economic and law subsidies, the most advanced technology available in the market, etc. Among them Mr. Magdy Mohammed Mlouk, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Major Abd El-Khalik Zain El-Ddin, Governor Projects Councillor took the floor.
75 attendees belonging to 70 local farms participated in the event.

In: News 16 Jul 2014

commGovernment should turn to using renewable energy and start energy stock exchange, says president of energy committee.
Minister of Energy and Electricity Ahmed Imam and Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail inaugurated the New and Renewable Energy summit in Cairo on Monday.

During the summit, president of the energy committee in the industries union Tamer Abou Bakr said that the government should “quickly turn to using renewable energy”.

Abou Bakr said the issuance of the Electricity Law should be accelerated, which would aid the transition to new and renewable energy in addition to establishing a stock market for energy within 10 years.

He added that due to a lack of ministerial representation, the number of cabinet members in the Supreme Council of Energy should increase.

He also pointed to the importance of increasing renewable energy research and development as well as developing and human resources in the field of energy.

However, he said that funding mechanisms are not available because banks refuse to finance such projects, as they are not financially feasible.

Elsewedy Cables Vice President Wael Hamdi said that since 2010, Egypt has been launching projects using the BOT (build-own-transfer) and BOO (build-own-operate) systems, but that such projects are no longer suitable under the current political conditions.

Because of this, the government cannot currently fund such projects, prompting Elsewedy to shift to local manufacturing to reduce costs, particularly those associated with wind energy.

Hamdi stated: “The company is the only one in the Arab world and Africa that produces wind turbines and exports it to all countries except for Egypt”.

“The company recently began funding scientific research and mechanisms for implementing such projects in Egypt,” he added.

Hamdi noted that Egypt halted electricity exports as a result of the local deficit, which he expects will increase during the coming years.

Manager of the UAE’s Masdar unit for clean energy Badr Al-Lamaky said that Egypt has many sources for power generation, particularly wind and solar energy. He added that if Egypt “puts renewable energy to good use”, price negotiations for wind energy between Egypt and the UAE will follow.

Such negations, he said, would require Egypt to implement a tariff on clean energy in dollars, in order to overcome exchange rate fluctuations and the resulting impact on investment.

Al-Lamaky suggested that guarantees be given to those investing in electricity, adding that renewable energy “has become a strategic option for all countries, particularly Egypt”.


In: News 09 Jun 2014
(ANSAmed) – CAGLIARI – Eco energy-initiave Project GR.ENE.CO (Green Energy for Green Companies) was launched Tuesday at a kick off meeting in Alexandria, Egypt. The project is worth about 2 million euros and is founded by ENPI CBC MED  Programme.GR.ENE.CO aims to contribute to the reduction of the use of non-renewable energy sources – especially for the farm industry – in favor of renewable energy sources in the Mediterranean sea basin. The project will be implemented in the area of Sarcidano Barbagia of Seulo and Province of Nuoro in Sardinia (Italy), in the territories of Al-Iskandariyah and Al-Buhayrah in Egypt, and Lebanon’s El-Shouf and Mount Lebanon.GR.ENE.CO is addressed mainly to public administrations, farms and small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the energy sector in order to spread the RES plants use and to ensure the energy self-sufficiency to local farms. Thanks to the Network of Green Tools, SMEs will strengthen innovation capacities, management and networking skills.

Overall, by using energy sources, the emission of toxic gases will decrease in the areas involved in the project. The environment will benefit from it, becoming much healthier.

GR.ENE.CO will allow identifying, disseminating and promoting best practices and financial instruments, to support agricultural enterprises in adopting green energy systems, as well as implementing new green systems for energy self-sufficiency.

The applicant is the LAG (Local Action Group) Sarcidano – Barbagia of Seulo, located in Sardinia. The action involves nine partners: the University of Alexandria in Egypt, the Arab University of Beirut, the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, the Italian-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Nuoro, TecnoMarche – Science and Technology Park of the Marche Region, ITABIA – Italian Biomass Association, IPSAR – Professional Institute for Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Sardinian Forestry Authority. (ANSAmed).

In: News 27 May 2014

BEIRUT: Energy and Water Minister Arthur Nazarian said Monday that there was more than 70,000 times Lebanon’s annual energy consumption available from geothermal energy.

“The geothermal resource assessment for Lebanon showed that the geothermal energy available in the country is 1,000 million megawatt hours, which is 70 fold the amount of energy needed in Lebanon per year,” he said, adding that only a small quantity could be utilized with the technology currently available.

The minister underlined the need begin work on geothermal energy in Lebanon, as the extraction process takes a long time.

Nazarian said that the ideal scenario would be to meet 0.2 percent of Lebanon’s total energy needs with geothermal sources by 2025.

Geothermal energy is in the form of heat derived from the earth. Electricity can be produced by drilling wells into geothermal reservoirs and pumping water through that is turned to steam by the high temperatures of the rock in the earth’s crust. If the water is not heated enough to produce steam, geothermal systems can also be utilized to heat buildings, reducing electricity use.

“But the great amount of this kind of energy available in Lebanon and the fast improvement in extraction techniques necessitates a prompt move on our side by starting with the studies required for that purpose,” the minister explained.

Nazarian’s remarks came during a conference held by CEDRO project, organized by the United Nations Development Program in collaboration with the Energy and Water Ministry, to announce the completion of the geothermal resource assessment for Lebanon.

This study aims to establish a geothermal atlas for the country and estimate the current overall potential of geothermal heat and power generation, and the ability of geothermal power to assist in the objective of the Lebanese government in meeting 12 percent of its total energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2020.

This completion of the study puts Lebanon in an avant-garde position regarding renewable energy research, as few countries have implemented serious and complete geothermal assessments so far.

Nazarian said the assessment was a successful beginning for the improvement of the energy sector.

“It also reflects the ministry’s commitment to finding alternative energy sources in Lebanon,” the minister added.

UNDP Lebanon Country Director Luca Renda said the CEDRO-UNDP project did not only conduct studies but also worked on implementing them.

“CEDRO has already implemented around 120 energy systems worldwide,” he said.

Spanish Ambassador to Lebanon Milagros Hernando emphasized the importance of renewable energy, adding that Spain was able to produce 50 megawatts of geothermal energy.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Lebanon/2014/Mar-25/251221-nazarian-lebanon-sitting-on-extensive-geothermal-energy.ashx#ixzz32vRbqoiC
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)