Renewable energy: contracts to import German equipment to be signed
01/11/2016 19:12, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Representatives of German and Tunisian companies shared experience in renewable energy at a meeting Tuesday in Tunis, as part of the “Energy Solutions-Made in Germany” initiative launched by German Energy Transition, Renewables Academy (RENEC) International, Project Manager Viktor Veeser said.

These exchanges should lead to the signing of business contracts for the import of equipment and services made in Germany to Tunisia, he added at a debate under the theme "Solar Energy in Tunisia”.

This initiative will help strengthen renewable energies and energy efficiency, help mitigate climate change and decouple economic development from the adverse effects caused by the use of fossil fuels in Germany and the whole world.

He extended the German companies’ readiness to provide their support to the Tunisian solar market, ensuring a sustainable technical transfer, knowledge and know-how in this sector.

He further noted that Tunisia is well-placed to adopt ambitious goals in this field like Germany which created 380 thousand jobs in the renewable energy sector through this initiative and the implementation of a firm regulatory framework.

For his part, Representative of the National Agency of Energy Conservation (French: ANME) Karim Nefzi said Tunisia’s investment programmes in renewable energies amount to 14 million Tunisian dinars for 2016-2020, in order to generate energy potential of up to 3,815MW.

The current use of renewable energies in Tunisia is limited to 4%, divided between 145MW for wind, 65MW for hydraulic systems and 25MW for photovoltaic, he added.

However, the country has an 8GW potential for wind energy, more than 900GW for photovoltaic solar energy and 4 million m² solar collectors for thermal solar energy.

The use of renewable energies in Tunisia, in the long term, should rise from 12% in 2020 to 24% in 2025 and 30% in 2030, he pointed out.

For his part, Director General of the Tunisian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK) Martin Henkelmann noted that “with a rate of sunshine of more than 3,000 hours per year, solar energy represents an important opportunity in Tunisia. The country can become an important regional hub for co-operation and investment in this field.”

He called to wisely take advantage of this opportunity and establish efficient conditions to promote this sector and to encourage national and foreign investment.

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