Supporting the implementation of the Tunisian solar plan



In November 2016, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewables announced the 2030 Renewable Energy Action Plan. The objective is to reduce energy demand by 30% along with a target to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to 30% by 2030, compared to the 2010 levels. The plan includes the installation of 1GW total capacity between 2017 and 2020, and an additional 1.25GW between 2020 and 2030.

The projects are to be developed under three different models:

– Large-scale projects, subject to concession (following a tender process);
– Small-scale projects, subject to authorization;
– Export projects, subject to concession.

The capacity thresholds to distinguish large and small-scale projects are 10MW for solar PV and 30MW for wind energy.

Within this context, German development agency GIZ has been mandated by the German government to implement projects supporting the implementation of the Tunesian solar plan. GIZ mandated an international pool of experts managed by Finergreen (Financial Expert), supported by  Juan Luis Agarrado (3E Technical Expert), Cecile Cessac (Legal Expert) and Khadijadorra Essghairi (Financial local expert) to develop a thorough training cycle adapted to the reality of Tunisian financial institutions.

The objective of this mission is to strengthen the capacity of the financial institutions in Tunisia to finance renewable energy projects under the solar self-consumption and authorisation schemes, for both wind and solar.

3E participated in the creation and delivery of this training. The institutions that followed the course will be able to assess the profitability and the technical, legal and financial risks of the proposed renewable energy projects enabling them to propose adapted financing proposals and reinforce their commercial policy in the renewable energy sector.