Participants in the workshop on “Requirements for activating the role of the private sector in generating electricity from renewable energy sources” recommended providing an attractive investment climate in a way that achieves the investment goal, giving preference to projects with a participatory formula, moving towards transparent support in the electricity commodity and obligating the electricity consumer to secure part of their consumption from sources Renewable energies and the creation of a national fund to support interest and loans for renewable energy projects, not exceeding seven percent.
Participants in the workshop organized by Homs Governorate in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry in Hessia Industrial City called for the necessity of securing the lands necessary for industrialists and craftsmen to establish renewable energy stations from state lands and municipalities in which there are feasible possibilities to exploit renewable energy sources and facilitate obtaining import licenses.
The workshop included a film presentation on renewable energy projects and a dialogue session that dealt with “the role of the Ministry of Local Administration and the Environment in activating investment opportunities for renewable energy projects”, “Investment opportunities in the electricity sector”, “Methods for securing electrical supply for industrial cities” and “Generation stations using oil shale.” And “Encouraging Investment in Renewable Energies” and “Amending Related Legislation”.
Engineer Ghassan Al-Zamil, Minister of Electricity, indicated that Syria's need for electric power currently stands at 7,000 megawatts, and the current production is between 2000 and 3000 megawatts, and the ministry is working to rehabilitate electrical systems destroyed by terrorism, and more than 2,200 megawatts have been entered into the grid through fossil energy. Which is the main backbone of electricity generating energies.
Minister Al-Zamil pointed out that an agreement had been reached with a company to establish a 33-megawatt photovoltaic generation station in the industrial zone in Aleppo, in addition to the recent completion of the draft law for the Fund to Support Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency and coordination with banks to finance energy projects and involve the private sector in generating electricity to ensure the supply of facilities. Industrial and the establishment of important investments that contribute to the development of the electricity sector.
In his turn, the Governor of Homs, Eng. Bassam Parsik, indicated that the use of renewable energy has become today one of the main axes for the transition to a sustainable energy system, stressing the need for serious work to convert to the alternative energy sector and develop policies to benefit from and invest from it.
For his part, Labib Brothers, head of the Homs Chamber of Industry, called for taking a set of measures to support the introduction of the private sector into the core of the generation process with alternative energies, including the creation of a fund to support the interest of loans to finance alternative energy projects and the issuance of binding instructions for public and private banks to lend 10 percent of its financing portfolio to energy projects. The alternative and the amendment of the current electricity law, which allows consumers to be sold on all tensions from renewable energy sources and to exempt renewable energy projects with a capacity of 1 megawatt and above from electrical rationing and others.
Dr. Eng. Yunus Ali, Director General of the Energy Research Center, presented the center’s vision to benefit from renewable energies in light of the current circumstances to alleviate the burdens of this reality and contribute to solving the problems faced by the energy and industrial sectors.
For her part, Eng. Zilal Rahima, Chair of the Advisory Committee at the Syrian Investment Authority, indicated that 7 projects have recently been launched to invest in the field of renewable energy, including 4 projects in Homs, one in Hama, and two in Damascus countryside, pointing to the importance of approaching this investment as there are many previous successful experiences, including 6 projects were implemented in Tartous in 2018, and one in Hama and another in Sweida.
On his part, the Iraqi Anwar al-Rikabi is an investor in two German and Singaporean companies. Supporting the Syrian people is the duty of all brothers. Such activities confirm that Syria is a suitable environment for investors and any Arab or international company, pointing out that two projects are currently being studied, namely “a project to establish a 200-megawatt solar energy station in The industrial zone in Daraa and the project to establish a 100-megawatt wind farm in Homs.
The workshop was attended by Minister of Industry Ziad Sabbagh.