Tunisia launches first wind and solar tender

Tunisia has launched a power tender aiming to award deals to 140MW of wind and 70MW of solar capacity.

Selected projects will sell power under a long-term PPA to the state-owned utility Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg).

The tender, opened by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, is the first in a series planned by the Tunisian government, which is looking to install around 1GW of renewables capacity by 2020.

Local media reports say the Tunisian government estimates that the projects selected in the tender will require a total investment of around Tnd400m ($167m).

Current wind capacity is around 114MW with the country’s northern region identified as having the strongest potential.

The ministry published its bidding rules for all future renewable tenders in February.

Tunisia has made changes at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines, including replacing its top leadership. Under its new plans, Tunisia aims at achieving 4.7GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.

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