Tunisia reveals winners of second 70 MW PV tender

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Tunisia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has published a list of projects it selected in the country’s second 70 MW solar tender. It chose six 10 MW projects proposed by Abo Wind AG and Bejulo GmbH of Germany, Spanish multinational EPC provider Enerland, France-based VSB Energies Nouvelles, China’s ET Solar, and a consortium formed by Aurora, Suneq and Suntrace.

The ministry did not provide any additional details about the projects and did not say which entities were awarded the remaining 10 MW of the tender. The winning projects will sell power to state-owned utility Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under long-term PPAs.

In the first tender of the its kind, finalized last May, the ministry awarded six 10 MW solar parks and four 1 MW ground-mounted installations. The remaining 6 MW was not allocated for development.

The ministry is also tendering another 500 MW of solar, and it is widely expected to choose larger projects. So far, it has released a list of 16 prequalified developers. The round will facilitate the construction of a 200 MW solar plant in Tatouine, in the Sahara Desert; two 100 MW PV facilities in Kaiouran and Gafsca; and two 50 MW solar parks in Sidi Bouzid and Tozeur.

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