The world’s cumulative PV capacity had surpassed 303 GW at the of 2016, according to a report from IEA PVPS. Globally, solar power is now able to cover approximately 1.8% of power demand.
The Norwegian solar developer has obtained a 25-year PPA for six PV power plants totaling 400 MW. The facilities will be located near Aswan in Upper Egypt.
Algeria’s government has published the long-awaited decree implementing the 4 GW solar auction in the country’s official journal. The decree provides more details on the upcoming bid for large-scale PV projects.
The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) will provide the Tunisian government with €7 million. The North African country will use the donation to finance the preliminary support project of its 1 GW renewable energy plan, which includes the installation of 650 MW of solar.
The project is the fourth and final phase of the 580 MW Ouarzazate solar complex and part of the 170 MW Noor PV I Program for the development of solar PV. The plant is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018
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.
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