The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Renewable Energy of Tunisia has invited bids for 70 MW of solar power projects. The tender has two phases, one of 60 MW and the other one of 10 MW. In the first phase of 60 MW, each project will have a maximum solar capacity of 10 MW. Meanwhile, in the second phase of 10 MW, each project will have a maximum project capacity of 10 MW. The deadline for submitting bids under this tender is February 9, 2021.

Prospective bidders have to submit a financing plan of the project company along with proof from investors regarding their investment details. Along with that, the bidder has to give the specifics of project land through a sale or rental contract. Successful developers will have to set up projects under the build-own-operate (BOO) model. These projects will sell power to Tunisia’s state-owned utility, STEG (Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas), under long-term power purchase agreements.  

This is the fourth tender by the government. The first one was in May 2017, when seven 10 MW projects were contracted from domestic companies and Tunisian-international consortia. A second tender was launched again for 70 MW of solar power followed by a third tender for 500 MW.