The government of Tunisia has launched a call for tenders for the construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 60MWp. According to the North African country Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines, the solar power stations will be built each with a capacity of between 1 and 10 MWp.
Independent power producers (IPP) interested in the project have until the 9th of February next year to submit their proposals.
Implementation of the project
After the bidding process is over, the selected investors will develop the projects under the Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) model whereby they will finance, build, own, maintain and operate the projects for a set period of 20 years, during which they will sell the electricity generated from the solar power stations to the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg), in accordance the conditions and procedures set by the government for the implementation of projects, the production, and sale of electricity from renewable energy sources.
Once the 20 years’ time period elapses, the control of the project will be transferred to the government of the North African country.
Tunisia’s fourth tender of this kind
This tender is the fourth of its kind launched by the Tunisian government in the space of three years, following the 70 MW tender won in June this year by a dozen of national and foreign companies including the French company Akuo Energy which has joined forces with HBG Hedi Bouchammaoui Group Holding and Nour Energy to install a 10 MWp solar farm in Gabès in the south-east of the country.
All of these tenders or other projects are a part of the Tunisian government’s energy policy, whose objective is to increase the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix to 30% by 2030.