- Tunisia has issued a pre-qualification call for 500 MW of PV capacity
- It will be developed on build-own-operate basis in differing capacities
- The project capacity has been divided into five categories, with the largest of 200 MW to be developed in Sahara Desert
- The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has also launched pre-qualification round for 500 MW wind power capacityå
The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has issued a tender for 500 MW PV capacity. It has launched a pre-qualification round for this capacity to be developed on build-own-operate (BOO) basis.
The capacity will be developed across various regions:
- Project A: 50 MW in the Tozeur governorate
- Project B: 50 MW in Sidi Bouzid governorate
- Project C: 100 MW in Kairouan governorate
- Project D: 100 MW in Gafsa governorate
- Project E: 200 MW in Tataouine governorate (in Sahara Desert)
Interested project developers have to get in touch with the ministry for more details. In a separate announcement, it has also issued pre-qualification call for 500 MW of wind power capacity.
Recently, the government announced winners of a 70 MW PV tender, for which it finally awarded 64 MW. It was in the form of six projects of 10 MW capacity, and four projects of 1 MW capacity.
Tunisia wants to increase the share of renewable energy in the total electricity production to 14% by 2020 and 30% by 2030. In 2015, it was only 4%. As per the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the country aims to have 1,610 MW of PV capacity by 2030.