Algeria: Inauguration of hybrid power station at Hassi R'mel
14 July 2011
On July 14 2011, Algerian minister of Energy and Mines, Youcef Yousfi, inaugurated the first electric hybrid power station (solar/gas) in Algeria.
The power station, which is situated at Hassi R'mel, has a capacity of one hundred fifty megawatts, reports the newspaper La Tribune.
With eighty percent financing by a consortium of local banks, it was built by Solar Power Plant One, a joint venture between Algerian company Neal and Spanish company Abener.
The Spanish minister for industry, Miguel Sébastian, was also present for this inauguration.
This hybrid power station will in particular save large amounts of natural gas and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
This inauguration follows the first national subcontracting fair for the development of the manufacture of photovoltaic modules and systems, which was held July 11 in Algiers, reports the daily paper El Moudjahid.
By 2030, Algeria forecasts that renewable energies will represent 40 percent of its local electricity generation.