Tunisia preliminarily approves 10 solar projects selected in 70 MW tender

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Tunisia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, Khaled Kaddour has announced that 10 projects selected in the 70 MW solar tender launched by his ministry last May have now been granted preliminary approval.

In a statement published on the Facebook page of the ministry, Kaddour said that six of the projects will have a capacity of 10 MW, while four more projects will have each an installed power of 1 MW.

During the press conference, Kaddour said the government will provide the project developers will all the necessary support, while inviting them to complete the construction of the solar power plants within the specified time limits. No more technical or financial details about the projects were provided.

The solar parks will provide electricity to state-owned utility, Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under a long-term PPA.

The tender, which was included in a larger 210 MW renewable energy tender, is the first of a series planned by the Tunisian government, which aims to install around 1 GW of renewable energy capacity in the period 2017-2020.

The launch of the second, 300 MW solar tender, which was initially set by the Tunisian government for April 27, will likely occur in the first week of May, reports several local media outlets.

Under its renewable energy strategy, Tunisia aims to achieve 4.7 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.