The Tunisian Government has approved the implementation of five solar independent power producer (IPP) projects with a total capacity of 500MW.

It is understood that the contracts for these projects were awarded in 2020.

The government’s approval is expected to facilitate the construction and completion of the projects, according to a local media report.

Development teams

Norway’s Scatec leads the team that will develop three solar IPPs, which will have a combined total capacity of 300MW. The plants are to be located in Tatouiane, Sidi Bouzeid and Tozeur.

French utilities developer and investor Engie , in partnership with local firm NAREVA , will develop a 100MW solar IPP scheme in Gafsa.

The fifth solar IPP scheme will be developed by China’s TBEA . The 100MW solar photovoltaic plant is located in Metbassta near Kairouan.

Capacity growth

The five projects, once completed, will represent 6% of Tunisia’s electricity generation capacity.

The Tunisian Government aims to bring its renewable energy installed capacity to 30% of the total by 2030. This entails building 1,000MW in 2017-20, and 1,250MW in 2021-2030.

As of the end of 2019, the country had more than 300MW of renewable energy capacity installed, primarily utilising wind power.

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