A system to heat water using solar energy began operating in the Armenian Relief Cross Socio Medical Center in Bourj Hammoud, as part of an Italian-funded project. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Lebanese Minister for the Environment Nazim el Khouri and Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Morabito.
The Italian Cooperation-funded project will heat 600 litres of water per day. ''This initiative,'' Morabito said, ''shows the economic advantages of introducing renewable energy systems, both by creating jobs and by amortizing investment.'' The initiative at the assistance center is one of the pilot projects to improve the energy efficiency of 66 buildings used by the public in Lebanon for which Italy has allocated one million euros.