Services of a Solar Energy Consultant for: Design and supervision for the implementation of two solar water-pumping systems

A. Projects description:

A.1 Qsaibeh Solar Pumping

The site is located in the village of Qsaibeh, South Lebanon. The existing well is used to pump water to a concrete storage tank that in turns distributes water to end-users.

The 118kWp solar pumping system to be installed consists in adding solar panels with all accessories and required electronic equipment to power the existing water pumping system.

The PV panels will produce energy that will be directly used to power the pump without a battery storage. PV panels will produce DC power, the conversion of DC to AC current will be done via a variable speed drive inverter.

The different components ensure smooth operation of the pumping system, linked to the existing power network and providing free energy over an extended period of time.

A.2 Ansar Solar Pumping

The site is located in the village of Ansar, South Lebanon. The existing well is used to pump water to a concrete storage tank that in turns distributes water to end-users.

The 129kWp solar pumping system to be installed consists in adding solar panels with all accessories and required electronic equipment to power the existing water pumping system.

The PV panels will produce energy that will be directly used to power the pump without a battery storage. PV panels will produce DC power, the conversion of DC to AC current will be done via a variable speed drive inverter.

The different components ensure smooth operation of the pumping system, linked to the existing power network and providing free energy over an extended period of time.

B. Mission Requirements:

  • The two sites shall be considered as a bundle.
  • The allocated timeframe for the delivery of the design and tender documents is 3 weeks.
  • All documents will be reviewed by RMF / USAID. The expert shall do all the needed adjustments and reply to all questions until the satisfaction of RMF / USAID.
  • The timeframe to reply to RMF / USAID questions is 3 working days.
  • All documents should be submitted as editable files.
  • Visibility requirements should be respected.
  • All documents produced are the property of BALADI program.

C. Consultant Requirements:

  • Curriculum Vitae and portfolio.
  • Previous experience in solar pumping design.
  • List of previous projects designed including project name, location and sizing of the PV System.

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USAID Assists Bkassine Muncipaity Establish an Agro-processing Center to Boost Incomes

As the economic situation in Lebanon worsens, income sources are becoming scarce. Women in the mountainous village of Bkassine used to produce agro-food from locally grown products to make a living.

However, this sector, which was already suffering from limited sales due to modest marketing capabilities and difficulty in sustaining optimal produce quality, has only been declining due to Lebanon’s recent socio-economic circumstances.

Thus, the USAID-assisted agro-processing center in Bkassine comes as an enormous contribution to the village, as it will help women collectively standardize and homogenize their produced jams and pickles in line with food safety and market standards, and to access new markets that increase their sales. One of the project’s beneficiaries, Mrs. Jacqueline Moussa, was quoted in an interview saying:

“I am so excited for the launch of this project that will immensely improve the lives of many of our community members, especially the women of Bkassine who will find themselves greatly empowered by the employment and market expansion opportunities that it will provide. This project will give us a chance to maintain our ability to turn in a decent individual income in these difficult times.”

Mrs. Moussa is a single mother of five, four of which are currently married, while her 16-year-old is still living with her, and depends on her income. She became widowed after her husband unfortunately lost his battle with cancer 7 years ago. She currently produces various kinds of jams and other homemade products to sell within her village of Snaya in Southern Lebanon. This earns her around 600000 to 1000000 L.B.P monthly, depending on local market demand.

Mrs. Moussa represents one of many other people who rely on similar projects to manage their struggle with Lebanon’s ever-expanding plight of poverty.