The French renewable energy company Qair International is moving ahead with its planned floating solar power plant in Tunisia with 200 kW capacity. It has secured a partnership agreement with the Tunisian electricity and gas company (STEG).
As per Qair’s website, it won this project in November 2019 from the French Ministry for Trade and Finance under a call launched for Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cities in Africa. Back then, the French company said this 200 kW floating solar power station will enable large scale deployment of this technology in Tunisia and further in Africa.
STEG and Qair signed the partnership agreement on July 9, 2020 for the project to be built on Lake Tunis in the Berges du Lac district in Tunis. The facility will be funded by the Fund for Studies and Private Sector Assistance for the General Administration of the French Treasury.
This floating PV facility is expected to be commissioned in late 2021, according to a STEG statement. It will be built under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Energy Transition.
Qair also has another 10 MW solar power plant in Tunisia which it won in June 2020 under a competitive process launched by the country’s Energy Ministry