Tunisia launches tender for 70 MW of solar


Tunisia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched a tender for the deployment of 210 MW of renewable energy power.

Through the tender, the ministry aims to allocate 70 MW of solar capacity and 140 MW of wind. Selected projects will sell power to the country’s state-owned utility Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under a long-term PPA.

As for the solar quota, the ministry clarified that 10 MW will be assigned to PV projects up to 1 MW, while another 60 MW will be allocated for solar power plants not exceeding 10 MW. Bids for solar projects must be submitted by Nov. 15, 2017.

According to local media, the Tunisian government has estimated that projects selected in the tender will require an aggregate investment of TND 400 million (around $166.7 million).

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The tender is the first in a series planned by the Tunisian government to install around 1 GW of renewable energy capacity in the period 2017-2020. The ministry published bidding rules for all future renewable energy tenders in February.

Tunisia currently has 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.

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