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Tunisia possesses significant domestic renewable energy potential and is committed to raising the share of renewable generation to 30% by 2030, marking a substantial step toward a more sustainable energy future.

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Tunisia is a country with abundant solar and wind energy resources, despite its status as an exporter of crude oil and natural gas, as well as an importer of refined petroleum. Expanding the country’s renewable energy capacity is a matter of energy security, cost reduction, and meeting environmental priorities. Tunisia adopted a solar policy in 2015, with a target of nearly 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of installed renewable capacity by 2023 and a more ambitious 3.8 GW by 2030, representing a five-fold and ten-fold increase from the nation’s 2017 capacity, respectively. Tunisia is committed to raising the share of renewables in its electricity production mix to 30% by 2030, marking a substantial step toward a more sustainable energy future. (See Governmental Policies and Targets.) These renewable measures are critical steps forward in a country where natural gas currently dominates electricity generation and that has been primarily sourcing natural gas from Algeria and oil from Libya since the early 2000s. Tunisia’s energy transition is focused on diversifying its energy mix and incorporating renewables.

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Power Sector Transition in Tunisia

Tunisia Operating and Prospective Energy Capacity in 2023 (Megawatts)

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Most of the solar projects in Tunisia are large utility-scale above 20MW. 10MW of the pre-construction capacity and 20MW from the construction capacity are from medium solar utility-sc... Read More

Articles and Resources

  1. Climate Risk Country Profile: Tunisia The World Bank, 2021
  2. “Renewables Readiness Assessment: The Republic of Tunisia International Renewable Energy Agency, 2021
  3. “Towards a just energy transition in Tunisia Transnational Institute, November 2022
  4. Tunisia’s Plan for Renewable Energy: Chances and Challenges Fanack, March 31 2023
  5. Wind energy deployment in Tunisia: Status, Drivers, Barriers and Research gaps—A Comprehensive review Faten Attig-Bahar, Uwe Ritschel, Peter Akari, Ibrahim Abdeljelil, Mahbouba Amairi, Energy Reports, Volume 7, 2021
  6. Tunisia’s Energy Sector: A Just Transition Analysis Arab Reform Initiative, March 2 2023
  1. Tunisia’s Low-Carbon Energy Transitions The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, June 10 2022
  2. Country Priority Plan and Diagnostic of the Electricity Sector: Tunisia African Development Bank, 2021
  3. Tunisia - Project to develop and equip the Power Transmission Grid (PAERTE) African Development Bank Group, June 29 2023
  4. Renewable’ energy in Tunisia: an unjust transition Transnational Institute, March 31 2022
  5. Tunisia United Nations Development Partnership, July 25 2023