TUNISIA – Gabès photovoltaic solar power plant, a 10MWp project being developed by a consortium led by French Independent Power Producer (IPP) Akuo Energy, has secured a contract to sell energy to the state of Tunisia.

This is after the consortium developing the project which is comprised of Akuo Energy, HBG Holding and Nour Energy signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (Steg).

HBG Holding, is a subsidiary of Hédi Bouchamaoui Group; and Nour Energy, is a subsidiary of the Chaabane real estate group.

According to the PPA, Steg will purchase a MWh of electricity produced in Gabès at 128 Tunisian dinars (39.6 euros) for 20 years.

The signing of the PPA marks a considerable step forward for this clean energy project before the phase of mobilising the necessary financing for the construction of the solar power plant.

 “It is with pride and joy that Akuo begins its anchorage in Tunisia thanks to this 10 MWp project. This marks the continuity of our opening to African markets, but also our willingness to be part of an approach that will benefit the local population.”

Pierre-Antoine Berthold – Managing Director of Akuo Energy Africa

The solar photovoltaic project in Gabes, which will require an investment of 23.2 million Tunisian dinars (7.2 million euros), will now enter a crucial phase, that of financial mobilization.

The IPP hopes to complete the financing of its solar power plant in 2021 in order to launch the works which should be completed in 2022.

The future installation will be made up of two-sided solar panels placed on trackers, which allow the sun’s path to be followed for better light capture.

The farm will produce 23 GWh per year; a quantity of electricity that could supply 14,000 households in the governorate of Gabès in the south-east of Tunisia.

The installation of all the equipment necessary for the operation of the solar photovoltaic power plant in Gabès  will lead to the creation of about 200 direct jobs.

The Gabès photovoltaic solar power plant is part of the Tunisian Solar Plan (TSP), implemented by the Tunisian government with the aim of increasing the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix from 3% today to 30% in 2030.

Within the framework of the TSP, the Tunisian government plans to build 16 new solar power plants, including six installations with a capacity of 10 MWp each and 10 others with a capacity of 1 MWp.

The small solar power plants will be built in Ajim Djerba, Sidi Bouzid, Tataouine, Gabès, Kairouan and Médenine.

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