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Published on February 28th, 2015 | by Leon Kaye


Algeria Aims for 13.5 GW of Solar Power by 2030

February 28th, 2015 by  

Algeria is the leading natural gas producer in Africa and is the second-largest supplier of gas to Europe, but that is not slowing down the North African country’s plan to ramp up solar power generation. Although some critics claim Algeria has not harvested enough of the country’s fossil fuels, such criticism has not stopped the country’s energy minister, Youcef Yousfi, from announcing a plan to install 13.5 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity by 2030.

According to pv magazine, Algeria could generate over ¼ of its energy needs from renewables by 2030. The country plans on investing in 5 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy and an additional 2 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP) to offset the need of an additional 22 GW of natural gas power generation.

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Cities such as the country’s capital, Algiers, could benefit environmentally from Algeria’s increased solar energy generation

To nudge Algeria into adopting more clean energy technologies, the country’s energy ministry launched a feed-in tariff (FiT) last year. The program offers solar power generators about $0.17 per kilowatt-hour, and has contributed to what is currently about 350 MW worth of solar PV projects that are currently on the drawing board.

Investment in renewable energy is one path for Algeria to diversify its economy while addressing unemployment, which hovers around 16% — but soars up to a staggering 70% for those under the age of 25. Despite its oil and gas riches, Algeria’s national oil company, Sonotrach, has hardly contributed to the country’s overall economic development and has a harsh reputation for rampant corruption. As with other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, oil has been more of a curse than a blessing: renewables are a step towards preparing Algeria for a more high-tech and diverse 21st century economy.

Image Credit: Damien Boilley

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is based in Fresno, California. He has written for Guardian Sustainable Business, Triple Pundit, Sustainable Brands, Earth 911, and Inhabitat. He also writes about his thoughts on sustainability on his own site,

  • Matt

    How does 5GWs of wind plus 2GWs of CSP “offset the need of an additional 22 GW of natural gas power generation” that is some special new math.

    • Rotimi Orims

      FYI the English word, “offset” does not always have to mean mean “eliminate”.
      The article simply means: to REDUCE the need of as much as 22GW of natural gas burning.

  • JamesWimberley

    I’m waiting to see which way Algeria jumps on the Paris pledges, These plans, taken with the generous FIT in place, look real not sunbeamware. The country could commit to a solid Paris pledge, but will be tempted by its history to join India in the now-it’s-our-turn Third World rhetoric. The Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi looks a live wire, but President Bouteflika is too ill to give effective leadership. Morocco also has a strong renewables programme, and Egypt has at long last got started.

    • Rotimi Orims

      I would love to learn more about this Paris pledges you mention if you don’t mind? I am guessing it has something to do with #COP21, but I’m doing a Google search for “Paris Pledges”, but would appreciate any other resources you can share as well. Thank you sir.

      This is because I am writing an article about why Nigeria’s leaders are making a grave mistake by concluding that renewables are expensive options for the 3rd world.

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