About 10,000 households in Tozeur, Kasserine, Siliana, Kef and Jendouba will be equipped with photovoltaic kits of 300 Wp (watt peak) starting from Q4 of 2019 as part of a social programme launched notably by the National Agency for Energy Management (French: ANME), TAP reports.
A call for tender for the first phase of this pilot project was launched this week and works are to commence in Q4, ANME officials told TAP.
This a social photovoltaic project that covers households with consumption of less than 1200 kWh/year. These households represent a significant segment of the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (French: STEG) customers (nearly 850,000). It is launched as part of the action plan to speed up renewable energy projects.
The programme, which aims to tackle energy insecurity, is carried out under Article 21 of the Energy Transition Fund (French: FTE) which provides for full or partial funding of national projects. FTE will seek its own financing or the contribution of international donors, the same source said.
Tunisia set a 30% renewable energy target in the energy mix by 2030. A mid-term target of 22% is pursued in 2023. A 30% target in 2030 was adopted in 2016 with an intermediate target of 12% in 2020.
The latter is difficult to reach, that of 2030 is still affordable and even insufficient regarding the latest measures decided in 2018 to accelerate the implementation of projects of production of electricity from renewable energy.