The 10 MW facility is located in Tozeur, in southern Tunisia. The project was also financed by the German development bank KFW under Tunisia’s solar program Plan Solaire Tunisien (PST).
The project is owned by Tunisian state-owned Tunisian Electricity and Gas (STEG) company and is located near Tozeur, in the south of the country, pv-magazine reported.
STEG kicked off the tender for the project in 2014. Italian solar developer Ternienergia won the €12.5 million EPC contract for the project in March 2017.
The €16 million project was financed by German development bank KFW, under Tunisia’s Plan Solaire Tunisien (PST) program. KFW provided a €12 million low-interest rate loan for the plant’s construction, and a further €0.5 million for additional services related to the project.
STEG is also currently developing another 10 MW solar park in the area, the Centrale Photovoltaique Tozeur II. The tender for this project was issued by the company in December 2017, the same source said.
Both Tozeur projects are the only large-scale solar plants being developed in the country outside of the government’s tender mechanism, which includes two separate 70 MW tenders for projects up to 10 MW, and a unique tender for 500 MW of larger solar parks. Preliminary results of this tender indicate surprisingly low bids, the lowest coming in at $0.0244/kWh. Projects selected in all of these auctions are expected to sell power to STEG under a long-term PPA, pv-magazine added.
Under its renewable energy strategy, Tunisia aims at achieving 4.7 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.