Algerian government approves 200 MW of PV tenders

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The Algerian Council of Ministers has approved two new tenders for the deployment of 200 MW of solar that the Algerian Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni had pre-announced in April, and that may be issued over the coming weeks.

According to government-owned news portal, Portail Algerien des Energies Renouvelables, of the planned 200 MW, around 150 MW will be tendered in the frame of an international call, to which local private and public entities will be entitled to participate in consortia with foreign players, while another 50 MW will be assigned to local state-owned power and gas utility Sonelgaz for several off-grid hybrid gas/diesel and solar projects.

As reported to pv magazine by the President of Algerian solar energy association, Club Energia, and managing director of Tell Group, Mouloud Bakli in early May, the first of the two tenders will select IPP solar projects with a power range of 5 MW to 10 MW, to be spread across more than 15 preselected sites in different regions. Through the tender, selected developers will be granted a PPA with a duration ranging from 20 to 25 years.

As for the second tender, it will select off-grid hybrid gas/diesel and solar projects that are aimed at drastically lowering power prices in non-interconnected areas in the south of Algeria.

The tender is part of the country’s plan to deploy 22 GW of renewable energy power generation capacity by 2030, including 13.6 GW of PV.