Algeria breaks ground on 343 MW PV park

Algeria is working on the construction of 343 MW of solar power facilities, an official from local renewable energy firm SKTM said on Tuesday.

The projects are located mainly in the provinces of the High Plateaux and in the southern parts of Algeria, SKTM’s engineering project chief, Baya Belarbi, said at a seminar organised by the Algerian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK).

About 90 MW of the total capacity is being installed in the provinces of Setif, Bordj Bouarreridj, Batna, Mila and Souk Ahras, while an additional 85 MW is to be added in Saida, Naama, El Bayadh and Sidi Bel Abbes. Moreover, the provinces of M’sila, Djelfa, Laghouat, and Ouargla will host another 90 MW solar plants and some 53 MW of parks are being installed in Salah, Adrar and Timimoun.

In late April, Algeria’s government introduced a new feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for megawatt-scale solar plants, with rates per kWh of between DZD 9.44 (USD 0.111/EUR 0.089) and DZD 20.08. The new tariff will be in force for 20 years and will be distributed only for a limited number of hours per year. After the production cap per plant is reached, the generated power can be sold at regular prices.

Algeria targets to install 22 GW of renewable energy by 2030.

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