Algiers Aims For The Sun; Is Its Head In The Clouds?

Algeria is looking to tap foreign investment for 4GW of its ambitious solar plans.

Algiers plans to tender the first of three contracts to develop more than 4,000MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar power capacity, according to statements by senior officials.

The scheme is part of a wider program to develop 22GW in renewables energy capacity by 2030, comprising 13.6GW of solar PV, 2GW of concentrated solar power, 5GW of wind power and 1.4GW from other sources (see table). The plans were introduced in 2011 and updated in 2015 (MEES, 3 April 2015).

According to a 9 April statement by the Energy Ministry Algeria is preparing to launch the first bid round for the construction of a huge tranche of PV capacity totaling 4.05MW. The scheme will be divided into three lots of 1.35MW, according to the ministry. Contracts will include a stipulation that each project has a local manufacturing element. The three production clusters will be in the mountainous Hauts Plateaux region in northern Algeria and in the far south of the country, according to a statement on 10 March by Muhammad Arkab, head of Compagnie d’Engineering et de l’Electricite et du Gaz (CEEG), a subsidiary of state power company Sonelgaz. (CONTINUED - 1570 WORDS)

DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE

table Algeria Renewables Targets 2015-30 (Mw)
table Algeria Feed-In Tariffs (Per Kwh)