Algeria prepares to launch 1GW solar tender

Algeria prepares to launch 1GW solar tender

10 May 2021

Algeria’s government is planning to issue the tender for 1GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity in June this year

Algeria’s Ministry of Energy Transition & Renewable Energies is planning to issue the tender for 1GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity in June this year.

The Algerian government published a decree on April 29 giving authority to the ministry to manage and oversee the procurement process for the 1GW programme.  The launch of the upcoming tender in June was confirmed by Algeria’s Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, Chems-Eddine Chitour, in the first week of May.

The 1GW programme will be split into ten 100MW PV projects, which will each be developed through the independent power producer (IPP) model.

Another three tenders of the same size are expected to be issued each year between 2022 and 2024.

Algeria has set an ambitious target of installing 16GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035. The North African country currently has 25 solar installations with a total capacity of 423MW, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

Energy & Utilities reported in May 2020 that the Algerian government had unveiled plans to develop 4GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity by 2024. The programme will require investment of between $3.2bn and $3.6bn.

According to the government, the programme will create 56,000 jobs during the construction phase and 2,000 long-term jobs for the operation and maintenance of the plants.

The PV projects will play a significant part of meeting the rapid demand growth for electricity in the North African country, which is growing by more than 6 per cent a year.

As part of its National Renewable Energy & Efficiency development plan, launched in 2015, Algeria has set a target for renewables to account for 27 per cent of the total installed power capacity by 2030, which will be about 22GW. More than 13.5GW of the total is expected to come from PV solar.

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