Lebanese turn to solar power amid blackouts

By November 7, 2022

Lebanon (MNN) — Lebanon’s government is only providing one or two hours of electricity each day. Those who can afford it pay private groups who run generators.

Solar power

Pierre Houssney with Horizons International says others are installing solar panels. “You see them all over the place. Because when the government doesn’t provide you with basic needs, you have to figure out how to be your own government. You have to figure out how to make your own system.”

“I personally was able to put solar panels on our roof and put in a back a backup battery in our building.”

Some people have sold their cars, family valuables, or even land to buy solar panels. Solar power work very well in Lebanon, which receives sunlight about 300 days of the year.

Many in Lebanon would love to see large-scale adoption of renewable energy like solar panels or wind turbines. But the government has been slow to implement any such programs.

Ministry

The power cuts have had a big impact on the ministry in Lebanon as well. Houssney says, “We bought a generator for a church recently because they, like others, have the power cut out during their ministry services. So there are no lights, the sound system goes out, and you can’t hear very well.

Houssney says churches have to plan around the power cuts. “Just imagine that’s the kind of thing you must deal with. You have to say, ‘Oh, the electricity is coming at six. Let’s start the ministry at six.’”

Abandoned by the government, many Lebanese are drawn to Jesus. Pray the local church would be strengthened.

 

 

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