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As we plunge into darkness more and more every day, we witness the demise of an already struggling establishment that was supposed to be the provider of one of the basic needs of 21st-century human beings, Electricity. A logical outcome of the years of gang rule we "The People" so numbly tolerated (and are still tolerating). Whatever this crisis is, We "The People" are looking to treat the symptoms and not the disease. In the midst of this power gloom, different alternatives are thriving...

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 10, 2021

"As we plunge into darkness more and more every day, we witness the demise of an already struggling establishment that was supposed to be the provider of one of the basic needs of 21st-century human beings, Electricity."

Rabih, your melodramatic narrative notwithstanding - no one is forced to rely on grid electricity. I urge you to cancel your utility electricity account, purchase a roof-mounted solar array, and compare its performance to that of your utility.

If nothing else, it will provide a visceral understanding of why small-scale solar is not an answer for anyone. 

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Rabih Elie El Medawar on Aug 19, 2021

Hello BOB and thanks for your comment. What you are saying is 100% correct. I in fact personally am 100% off-grid these days. However, my narrative is specific to the Lebanese case and what the people are facing. It has been disastrous for the last couple of years especially and adding to the economical situation and covid, the energy crisis is increasing. I should have mentioned the exact context in my intro. I will post a more detailed description of the situation in a couple of days.

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 22, 2021

Thanks, Rabih. You're right - context is everything. Looking forward to your update on the situation in Lebanon.

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Mark Silverstone on Aug 13, 2021

Thanks Rabih for this description of what life is like in 21st century Beirut. Unfortunately, the situation you describe is more and more the norm in the developing world where, at best, electricity availability is limited to the ability to provide a light or two at night and enough juice to charge a mobile phone.  
It is to be hoped that more reliable alternatives become available through the development of local grids that can eventually be linked into a more dependable and versatile, sustainable network. 
The so-called «developed» world must lead the way in the adaptation and deployment of these systems in the developing world in order to stand any chance of minimizing the global climate crisis. 
The links between sustainable electricity supplies and food and water security are becoming more apparent as climate crisis impacts are realized globally.

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Rabih Elie El Medawar on Aug 19, 2021

And it's getting worst by the minute Mark... 

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Julian Jackson on Aug 19, 2021

Thanks for your update on what is happening in Lebanon. It sounds very challenging. However I wonder if reliance on one system e.g. small scale solar is the best course? It is usually the case for microgrids that diversity, including wind turbines, battery storage, micro-hydro (I am assuming there are usable watercourses) and heat pumps, are useful.  I would have thought that your country would have the technological ability to manufacture at least some of these instead of importing them at great expense as you mention?  

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