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Project Assistance in Decentralized Rural Electrification through Photovoltaics

- Energy development in Syria over the last two decades has been remarkable. The consumption of electricity almost tripled in the period. Presently, a considerable number of rural villages are still out of access to electricity. There is no immediate prospect for grid extension, nor is that a most viable option.
- This limits opportunities for economic growth in rural areas, contributing to job scarcity and urban migration.
- This is a pilot project to introduce Photovoltaic (PV) systems to the Syria for the promotion of rural electrification through various PV applications ranging from individual stand-alone and centralized PV system to fresh water pumping and brackish water desalination system powered by PV.

- Total budget:  $553,700 (Source: CO confirmation)

Project number SYR/97/E01
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Geographical coverage Syria
Budget (in €) 553700
Web site

- The main objective of the project is to assist the Government of Syria in exploring the potentials utilizing solar energy in a country blessed with high level of insolation to provide affordable energy services in rural areas

* The objectives of the project are as follows:
- Raise the local capacities in various aspects of operating, maintaining and managing of the PV systems.
- Integrate the PV systems into the national electricity system with a suitable financial mechanism.
- Create the most suitable institutional framework for effective decentralized electricity systems in rural areas.
- Create local cottage industry based on excess energy in summer (medallions, stone powder plateau).
- Create local technical capacity for the servicing of PV systems.

Period [01/02/1997 - 01/02/2002]


  • Higher Institute for Applied Science and Technology, Aleppo
    (HIAST)/Scientific Studies and Research Center
    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country Syria
    Web site
    Contact Sabouni Dr. Riyadh,
    Position: National Project Director
    Phone/fax: (963 21) 5721222 , (9631 21) 5721226

Funding sources

  • Japan's Human Resources Development Fund
    Source Japan's Human Resources Development Fund
    Funding rate 100