Strategic Hubs for the Analysis and Acceleration of the Mediterranean Solar Sector (SHAAMS)
The European Union’s ENPI CBC MED program for Lebanon
The project in brief
SHAAMS will seek to pave the way for a shared and unified approach on solar energy in order to contribute in building the necessary legal, regulatory, economic and organizational foundations for the effective deployment of the Mediterranean Solar Plan. To ensure a cultural and operational change towards solar energy driven solutions, the project will address three socioeconomic pillars, namely policy development, entrepreneurial and research engagement, and social awareness. New funding mechanisms, innovative governance solutions, support to technology transfer, brokerage events, and large information campaigns are among those actions identified by SHAAMS to facilitate the take up of solar technologies in the Mediterranean region.
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The project is participated by business associations, environmental agencies, universities and research institutes from Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Spain.
Throughout the project, the consortium will try to bring together policy makers, firms, environmental and energy related agencies, universities, technology parks, civil society organisations, and final users in both shores of the Mediterranean Basin towards the creation of a promising region for solar energy development.
Main activities and expected results
In order to ensure a comprehensive approach to the sector, and be aware that its development depends on effectively addressing three socioeconomic pillars, namely policy development, entrepreneurial and research engagement and social awareness; the activities of the project will be organised in three different domains.
SHAAMS Policy Accelerator
Policy support actions will be implemented in order to identify innovative solutions, solar energy strategies and to generate a unified approach towards a long term policy perspective for solar energy development.
Participative workshops, local meetings and exchange missions will facilitate the effective transfer of experiences between the stakeholders.
- Expected Results:
- Solid and institutional commitment in the participant regions. 1 general agreement and 21 signed local endorsement documents (1 per line of action in each region).
- 1 policy matrix analysis and 3 policy transfer schemes (1 per line of action).
- Improved set of policy tools to address pressing regulatory uncertainties.
SHAAMS Enterprise and Research Accelerator
Planned activities in this line of action will permit fostering market support structures and new procedures for the development of a reliable market for solar energy. “Technology Transfer and Technology Valorization” as well as “Green Jobs” training will be deployed. Creating a pool of research will foster collaboration between the academic and the entrepreneurial environment. Brokerage events will allow setting the bases for a new solar sector capitalization.
- Expected Results:
- Increased regional competitiveness
- 3 communities of research throughout the region
- Improved technical capacities in the jobs market, creation of economic opportunities for the solar sector
SHAAMS Social Accelerator
The activities conceived in the section will address societal agents and intend to promote a cultural and behavioral change towards solar energy among society. The focus will be on students in pilot schools following the definition and implementation of a solar educational program.
- Expected Results:
- Development of multi-sector / multi-stakeholder participative initiatives. 3 national energy reports (Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon)
- Information and interaction mechanisms - 300 civil society agents per region in the regional meetings and roundtables.
- Impact on the future generations approach to solar energy (3 regional Energy camps, Energy Fighter School Clubs in minimum of 15 schools per region, 1 solar energy toolbox).
- 1 platform of energy efficiency artists and an 1 Energy Prize
Duration and budget
Project activities will be deployed over 36 months between November 2012 and October 2015.
The project SHAAMS is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (www.enpicbcmed.eu). Its total budget is € 3.200.344 and it is financed, € 2.880.309,96, by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The ENPI CBC Med Programme aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
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The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestinian Authority, Portugal, Spain, Syria, Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French.
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News and Activities
SHAAMS meeting of social actors will take place as a parallel session to the Build It Green event scheduled on March 18 at 12pm at Hotel Monroe, Beirut.
The meeting aims at promoting exchanges between actors of solar and renewable energies and proposing recommendations.
SHAAMS meeting of social actors http://www.ccib.org.lb/uploads/SHAAMS meeting of social actors Lebanon - 18March2015 EN_1.pdf
SHAAMS introduces solar energy activities during a national scouts Rally in Lebanon-May 03rd 2015 http://www.ccib.org.lb/uploads/Article Taqua and Shams in CCIAB social media_2.pdf
SHAAMS Project-Training of trainers on photovoltaic systems
28-30 July 2015
In order to strengthen the solar energy sector and improve technical capabilities on the green jobs market, a training on photovoltaic systems is taking place for technical schools teachers in Lebanon. This training is organised by CCIA-BML and IECD - Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement, through Shaams project, financed by the ENPI CBC-MED programme.
The 3-day training is taking place at Don Bosco technical school (Fidar), which is equipped with photovoltaic sets to be used during practical sessions.
This activity will create a sustainable training and capacity building system through the integration of the topics addressed in professional training curricula. Starting year 2015-2016, students preparing the “Electrotechnics” technical baccalaureate will be knowledgeable about photovoltaic systems. This will in turn improve the efficiency of solar energy companies aiming at recruiting young technicians.
PV Equipment for Technical Schools SHAAMS/2015/01
The Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount-Lebanon (CCIA-BML) intends to award supply contracts for the supply, delivery, installation, and commissioning of photovoltaic sets of equipment to be used for teaching purposes in technical schools in Lebanon with financial assistance from the ENPI CBC-MED programme of the European Union. The tender dossier is available from CCIA-BML, 1, Justinien street, Sanayeh, Beirut, Lebanon. The deadline for submission of tenders is September 25, 2015, at 10:00 Lebanon time. Possible additional information or clarifications/questions shall be published on SHAAMS website www.shaams.org.