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Tunisia has awarded the first elements of ambitious plans to develop over 1GW of renewables capacity by 2020.
Renewables provided just 3% of Tunisia’s power output for 2016. The country’s ‘renewables action plan,’ published in March, would see this share soar to 12% in 2020 and 30% by 2030 by when Tunis is targeting a combined 4.7GW of solar and wind capacity.
Hitting 30% by 2030 “is ambitious but possible, bearing in mind international experience, including in similar countries such as Morocco, Jordan or Egypt” the plan says.
Financing will be a key element given that Tunisia estimates that hitting the 2030 target will cost “more than €4.8bn [$5.6bn]” for solar alone.
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