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Tunisia to launch 1GW wind and solar tender soon

Tunisia is planning to launch a tender for the procurement of 1,000MW of wind and solar power this month

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Tunisia is looking to diverisy its power source with new renewable energy capacity
Tunisia is looking to diverisy its power source with new renewable energy capacity

Tunisia is planning to launch a tender for the procurement of 1,000MW of wind and solar power this month, representing an investment of TND 2.5 billion (USD 1.04bn), Reuters reports, citing a top government official.

Renewable Now quoted Reuters saying that the international tender is scheduled to start on April 27, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said at an energy conference, as cited by the news agency. The projects will be located in the regions of Kairouan, Tozeur, Tataouine, Sidi Bouzid, Kebeli and Tataouine. Further details were not provided.

In March, the North African country pledged to invest TND 4.3 billion in renewable energy projects over the next two years, with the biggest investments expected to be made in the solar power sector. This is part of an overall TND-12-billion package for energy projects, intended both for generation and grid upgrades, between 2018 and 2020.

According to a recent report by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), 2018 is expected to be the year for massive roll-out of solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, reported Renewables Now.

The photovoltaic (PV) project pipeline for 2018 there amounts to 11.86 GW. Total of 4.9 GW of large solar projects are under construction.

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