Tunisia prospective and revitalizing plan to provide its companies and all public institutions on 30 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2025 is a move that should be embraced by other African Countries.
The Tunisian government has recently announced plans to invest US $1 billion towards renewable energy projects including the installation of 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy this year.
According to the Energy General Direction of the Tunisian Ministry of Energy and Mines, 650 MW will come from solar photovoltaic, while the residual 350 MW will be supplied by wind energy.
This new initiative will significantly reduce electricity bills accumulated by the public administration.As part of meeting its climate action commitments, Tunisia has decided to put a special emphasis on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.
Valued at 200 million dinars ($71.5 million) A substantial part of the money , about160 million dinars will come from the German development bank KFW. The balance will be mobilized by the Energy Transition Fund and the National Energy Management Agency (ANME).
It is part of the national energy transition program for public buildings, which will save the country money and produce affordable energy for these entities from its abundant solar resources in the medium term.
“The energy transition programme for state-owned enterprises is based on two main projects. The first is the installation of photovoltaic solar systems and the second is energy efficiency,” said Fethi Hanchi, Director General of ANME.
Under the new plans, Tunisia has dedicated itself to generating 30 per cent of its electrical energy from renewable energy sources in 2030.
Energy efficiency is an important part of the country, which is the 20th out of a total of 133 countries assessed.
Tunisia is following a similar initiative by some African countries that have decided to put some public institutions on renewable energy.
In 2017, Ghana announced that It’s presidency, Flagstaff House and the parliament building would be powered by solar energy
The then Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko said the move was the right signal to the rest of the nation after the ratification of a framework agreement on renewable energy by the government.
“It makes a lot of sense that in order to utilize our solar and produce the necessary demonstration effect for the rest of the country, that a significant number of government buildings adopt solar power.
Egypt and Morocco are two African countries with similar policy.