Algeria, an OPEC member, plans to release a tender soon for the construction of its inaugural solar power village as part of its strategy to expand renewable energy usage and reduce natural gas consumption, as reported by a newspaper.
The Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy is set to issue this tender for the project in the southeastern desert province of Illizi, according to the Arabic-language daily Elkhbar.
Ministry sources stated that the project would be open for both Algerian and foreign contractors, with the village operating entirely on solar energy.
The sources also mentioned that the tender documents for the project have been prepared, and the Ministry intends to issue the tender within the coming days.
The chosen location for the project is in a remote desert area where supplying conventional electricity is highly expensive, and the region enjoys abundant sunshine throughout the year, making it ideal for a solar energy-based solution.