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Algeria gets realistic about renewables

Algeria has recently talked up its plans to increase its renewable power capacity, but there are signs its interest is starting to wane Algeria has recently talked up its plans to increase its renewable power capacity, but there are signs its interest is starting to wane.
By Fatima Sadouki 24 April 2018 0 30580
A Mauritanian solar plant A solar plant in Mauritania. Algeria is competing with its neighbours for investment. (Masdar)

Algiers is taking a more realistic approach to developing renewables, dialling back on overly bullish rhetoric that has so far failed to yield much in the way of new capacity.

Authorities have gone quiet on last year’s plans to tender 4 GW of solar capacity in three 1.35 GW stages, and are instead mulling tenders for projects with smaller capacities. 

“We will not go for this [4 GW] in one go, because this involves importing solar PV cells and it is expensive,” Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni told...