The Tunisian Ministry of Mines and Energy has issued a second tender for the deployment of 70 MW of PV capacity, consisting of half a dozen 10 MW plants and ten 1 MW solar parks.
Large-scale solar projects selected through the tender will sell electricity to Tunisia's state-owned utility, Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under a long-term PPA.
The deadline to submit project proposals is August 15 and plants will have to be constructed under the Build Own Operate (BOO) model, as in the first tender, which closed at the beginning of May. The winners in that round were mostly local players or Tunisian-international consortia.
On top of those two tenders, the Tunisian government has also started pre-qualification for another 500 MW exercise expected to bring online bigger solar parks across several regions.
Through the competition, the Ministry of Mines and Energy intends to build a 200 MW solar plant in the province of Tataouine, in the Sahara Desert; two 100 MW PV projects in the provinces of Kairouan and Gafsa; and two more 50 MW parks in the provinces of Sidi Bouzid and Tozeur.
The plans for the latest tenders were announced by Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in early April. At the time, Mr Chahed also said administrative procedures for renewable energy projects of up to 1 MW will be simplified through unspecified changes to the country’s renewable energy law by the end of this year.
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