Developing the Value Chain for Municipal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Algeria

GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
11/2021 - 11/2022

Description of project:

The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Program “Green Municipalities” aims to improve the energy management of Algerian municipalities regarding climate impact and financial sustainability.

However, the aim to increase the use of renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) technologies on municipal level face various constraints: On the one hand, municipalities have little knowledge and implementation experience in RE & EE technologies as well as no financial incentives to use them (demand side). On the other hand, local enterprises face deficits concerning quality assurance and lack of knowledge of innovative business models (supply side).

The Program focuses on strengthening the supply and demand side simultaneously via four outputs:

  • Implementation of EE & RE measures in four pilot municipalities (Bechar, Djelfa, Relizane and Souk Ahras) to set a positive example.
  • Introduction of a digital energy management system in 40 municipalities.
  • Improvement of administrative conditions for increasing the quality and sustainability of RE/EE installations and services in the pilot municipalities.
  • Development of the Regulatory Framework and Incentive System for the utilization of RE & EE.

Activities undertaken:

Envidatec GmbH was involved as a consulting firm and a part of a consortium with AMBERO Consulting GmbH and carried out the following activities:

  • Design and implement a study of International Best Practices & Recommendations for Algeria.
  • Develop quality standards for local installation companies for small-scale solar PV projects and propose a system for the certification of such standards.
  • Develop training materials for local installation companies.
  • Elaboration of a Software Design Document for a Calculator Tool and subsequent programming of the software in collaboration with a local IT company.
  • Support and accompany the Algerian municipalities in the implementation of RE & EE installations.

Employees involved:

  • Detlef Borst: Short-term expert, Renewable Energy Expert
  • Bohdan Obodovskyi: Backstopper