Algeria announces 1 GW renewables tender


Algeria‘s minister of the energy transition and renewable energies, Chems Eddine Chitour, has announced this week that a tender for the deployment of 1 GW of renewable energy capacity will be launched soon.

On April 29, the Algerian government published a decree in the country's official journal empowering Chitour's ministry to manage and oversee the procurement exercise.

“The tender will be launched between June and July,” the president of Algerian think tank Club Energia, Mouloud Bakli, told pv magazine. “It will be divided into ten lots of 100 MW each and will allow projects that will be planned with foreign financing.”

He also explained that, currently, the government is working on putting together a bankable power purchase agreement for the selected projects and that some domestic content requirements for cables, modules and mounting structures should be embedded in the tender. “The PPA may possibly be dollar-linked,” Bakli stated.

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Another three tenders of the same size are expected to be issued each year between 2022 and 2024.

The Algerian government held tenders for off-grid, hybrid solar-diesel and PV projects in 2019. Both procurement rounds were part of the country’s plan to deploy 22 GW of clean energy generation capacity by 2030, including 13.6 GW of solar.

Algeria had around 423 MW of solar generation capacity at the end of last year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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