Algeria: 60 renewable energy projects by 2020
6 January 2011
Sixty projects in the domain of renewable energies will be established in Algeria by 2020, it was announced at the weekend by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Youcef Yousfi.
They will be presented to the government next Tuesday and will make it possible to generate "between 2,500 and 3,000 MW of solar and wind energy by 2020", Mr. Yousfi told the national radio station.
This renewable energy development project should help Algeria to generate 40 percent of its electricity needs from renewable energies in 2020, reports the newspaper Elmoujahid.
Several renewable energy generating infrastructures already exist in Algeria, such as the power station of the Rouiba group, whose plant will increase generation from 50 to 100 megawatts per year.
"We want to make solar energy independent, that is, with storage. We are going to take that route to create large-scale electricity power stations connected to the South of Algeria and which can also operate at night", explained Nouredine Boutarfa, the group's CEO, on Radio Alger.