Germany supports implementation phase of Tunisian Solar Plan

The press office of the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) has confirmed to pv magazine that it has provided the Tunisian government with €7 million in funding to support the implementation phase of the country’s solar program Plan Solaire Tunisien (PST), as previously reported by local media articles.

The funds will be spent to finance the logistical and technical supervision on the development of the renewable energy program for the period 2017-2020. Tunisia’s Minister of Energy Hela Cheikhrouhou said that the funds will also be utilized to contract German and Tunisia’s experts, as well as engineering consulting firms based in Germany.

The GIZ, which has been working in Tunisia since 1975, specified that the funds were allocated by Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB). The enterprise is particularly active in the promotion of renewable energies in the country, with a focus on developing the solar market. It is also providing advice on appropriate policy frameworks, provides specialist training and takes measures to improve investment conditions.

Furthermore, the GIZ und Tunisia’s National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) have recently launched the plan Développement du Marché Solaire en Tunisie (DMS), which aims at promoting solar solutions among local small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the plan, the commercial segment has the potential to install approximately 188 MW of solar capacity and raise investments in the amount of 566 million TND ($248.2 million), while the aggregate investment for the industrial segment is valued at 14,151 billion TND ($6.20 billion) with an installed power of 4.7 GW.

Tunisia has currently only 15 MW of installed PV capacity and a 10 MW PV project under construction by Italian developer Ternienergia.

Under its renewable energy strategy, Tunisia aims at achieving 4.7 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. According to Climate Action, the Energy General Direction of the Tunisian Ministry of Energy and Mines has recently announced it will invest $1 billion to install 1 GW of renewable energy generation capacity in 2017.