Algeria plans to build several photovoltaic solar plants at an estimated cost of 3.2-$3.6 billion to meet growing domestic demand for electricity and to sell power abroad, the government said on Thursday.
Algeria, an OPEC member and a major gas supplier to Europe, has repeatedly stressed the need to launch renewable energy projects to diversify energy sources and save gas for export.
The planned solar power projects will have a total production capacity of 4,000 megawatts, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerrad’s office said on its website following a meeting of the government.
“In addition to meeting national demand for energy and preserving our fossil resources, this project would allow us to position ourselves on the international market,” it said in a statement.
In this aspect, no details have been provided so far on where the electricity might be sold abroad or how much the proposed plants would contribute to domestic supply.