Developing the solar energy market

Project description

Title: Market development for decentralised solar power in Tunisia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Tunisia
Lead executing agency: Ministère de l’Industrie, de l´Energie et des Mines
Overall term: 2013 to 2016

Context

The Tunisian energy sector is extensively dependent on fossil energy sources such as natural gas and petroleum. While the use of renewable energy resources, above all solar energy, has been initiated with great promise, the sector is still largely undeveloped. The reasons for this include bureaucratic impediments to investment, limited services for investors, an insufficiently competitive environment and a reluctance to innovate on the part of companies.

Objective

A more enabling environment and relevant services for solar energy are in place. A sustainable market for small and medium-sized photovoltaic and solar-thermal energy systems is contributing both to sustainable economic development, especially in disadvantaged regions, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Approach

Together with partners at the national, local and regional levels, the project is implementing measures for a more conducive environment and improved services.

  1. Market deepening: establishing local services

    Local solar-market actors in the pilot region of Sfax – the energy agency, energy provider STEG, the city and governorate of Sfax, company representatives, banks, consumer organisations, etc. – are elaborating and jointly implementing a plan of action for improving investments. The lessons learned will be made available to other regions and to representatives of the national support policy.

  2. Market expansion: developing new technologies and business models

    The transparency of products and entrepreneurial services on the Tunisian solar market is being improved, hence intensifying competition between the enterprises in the sector. Moreover, the project is promoting quality and innovation in the introduction of new technologies and business models as well as among new market actors. Here, too, lessons learned are being compiled, edited and made available.

  3. Supportive policy environment

    In pursuance of (inter)national recommendations, bureaucratic impediments to investment, for example in connection with the implementation of state support programmes, are being overcome. Additional support measures, for example with regard to training and upgrading, are being optimised.