Algerian solar company, Zergoun Green Energy (ZEG) is building a PV module factory in Ouargla, in the homonymous province of southern Algeria.
In a statement to pv magazine, the company's CEO, Rahmoun Zergoun said the factory will start manufacturing in mid-July, and that it will initially have an annual production capacity of 180 MW.
The €10 million manufacturing facility will produce monocrystalline passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) glass-glass and bifacial modules with an output of up to 360 W, thanks to an undisclosed European technology. Solar cells will be provided by major Chinese manufacturers, Zergoun continued, although he said imports from unidentified European manufacturers are also being considered.
Modules manufactured at the facility will be mainly distributed in Algeria, although Benin, the Ivory Coast and Senegal are also possible destinations.
For over a year, the Algerian government has been planning to launch a 4 GW solar tender, which links the awarding of big solar parks with the construction of solar module factories in the country. The tender, however, has been delayed several times, and the government has not indicated when or if it is likely to go ahead.
Currently, there are two operational solar module manufacturers in Algeria: French-Algerian company, Aurés Solaire, which operates a 30 MW PV panel factory in the Ain Yagout industrial area near Batna, eastern Algeria; and Algerian electronics manufacturer, Condor Electronics, which owns and operates a 130 MW module production facility in Bordj Bou Arreridj.