Year:2011 (February)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2011 (February)
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources, Multiple RE Sources>All, Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>Heating, Multiple RE Sources>Cooling, Solar, Solar>Solar photovoltaic, Solar Thermal
Policy Sector:Electricity, Framework Policy, Heating and Cooling, Multi-sectoral Policy
Size of Plant Targeted:Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Energy and Mines

Main objective of the Algerian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development Plan is to expand usage of renewable energies and to diversify energy sources in the country.


  • To install 22 000 MW of power generating capacity from renewable sources between 2011 and 2030 (of which 12 000 for internal usage and 10 000 MW for export);
  • To meet 20% of electricity generation from renewables by 2030
  • Renewable energy development will drive sustainable economic development of the country, increase energy security supply in Algeria and will have job-creation factor;

Solar energy (both solar PV and solar thermal) is recognized by the Algerian government as a primary renewable technology to be developed.  The potential for wind, biomass, geothermal and hydropower energies is comparatively very small.

The program is divided into 3 stages:

  • 2011 – 2013: pilot projects and testing period for various technologies with a goal to install 110 MW of RE power capacity
  • 2014 – 2015: beginning of the deployment program. Installed RE power capacity to reach 650 MW by the end of this period;
  • 2016 – 2020: large scale REs plants deployment. Installed power capacity to reach about 2600 MW the end of this phase.

All three phases will aim to develop genuine self sustainable solar industry in Algeria.

The Plan forecasts that solar electricity production will increase up to 37% of total national electricity production by 2030.

Greater energy efficiency will be achieved by (1) improvement of heat insulation of buildings; (2) development o solar water heating; (3) promotion of co-genaration; (4) developing colas cooling systems; (5) Conversing simple cycle power plants to combined cycle power plants, wherever possible; (6) Desalinating brackish water using renewable energy and (7) Substituting all mercury lamps by sodium lamps.

Related policies:Law 04-92 on the Diversification of Power Generation Costs (REFIT) , Renewable Energy National Fund

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