The Algerian renewable energy sector is giving mixed reactions to the 4 GW solar tender recently announced by the government. Some operators fear that local enterprises will be excluded from future projects, while others claim that the new auction scheme will solve most of the issues created by the unapplied FIT scheme.
A report from U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) assesses the wind and solar potential of Africa. According to the study, the two technologies can play a major role in the energy economy of the continent, especially if strategic siting and international interconnections are implemented.
Parts of Algeria’s renewable energy sector is questioning the 4 GW solar tender recently announced by the Algerian government. Provisions on domestic content requirements and the large share that state-owned entities will have on the ambitious solar plan are seen as the major obstacles for its implementation.
The Italian solar developer will build a 10 MW PV facility in Tozeur, southern Tunisia. The company will sign the $12.5 million contract for the project within a few days.
Italian oil producer Eni and Sonatrach — an Algerian state-owned company that specializes in the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources — have broken ground on a 10 MW solar facility in southern Algeria.
The Algerian government is set to launch a tender for the construction of large-scale PV projects totaling 4 GW. The tender will be held in three 1,350 MW phases and will select projects with an average capacity of 100 MW.
The Infinity 50 solar park in Benban was officially approved by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company. Project is financed by German Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank.
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