Tunisia prepares plan for 3.8GW of solar capacity by 2030

2 Mar 2022
Tunisia prepares plan for 3.8GW of solar capacity by 2030

The Tunisian government is preparing a national strategy for solar power generation with the aim of reaching 3.8GW of installed solar power by 2030

The Tunisian government is preparing a national strategy for solar power generation with the aim of reaching 3.8GW of installed solar power by 2030.

While the installed solar capacity in Tunisia in 2020 only reached 95MW, the government has awarded contracts or launched tenders for 1.1GW of solar capacity so far.

In December 2021, the final government approvals were granted for five solar independent power producer (IPP) projects with a total capacity of 500MW. The developers had been selected in 2019 following a competitive tendering process.

Energy & Utilities reported in December 2019 that three international developer groups had been selected to develop the projects after they had submitted bids in July 2019 for the 500MW programme.

Norway’s Scatec was awarded contracts for 300MW of capacity, which included a 200MW PV project at Tataouine. The $2.4c/kWh is the lowest PV solar tariff achieved in Africa to date. The Norwegian firm was also awarded contracts to develop two 50MW PV solar plants in the areas of Tozeur and Sidi Bouzid.

A consortium of China’s TBEA Xinjiang Sunoasis Company and UAE-based Amea Power was awarded the contract to develop the 100MW Project C for a tariff of TND97.920/kWh ($3.44cents/kWh). A consortium of France’s Engie and Morocco’s Nareva Renouvelables was awarded a contract to develop the 100MW Project D (Gafsa) for a tariff of $2.8c/kWh.

The selected developers have signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with state energy company Societe Tunisienne de l‘Electricite et du Gaz (STEG) for a concession period of 20 years under a build-own-operate (BOO) model.

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