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Harnessing the power sun: PROSOL

Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:29 Written by 
  • Location(s): Tunisia
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Energy, Solar Energy
  • SDG(s): 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Locations in the Arab States: Tunisia
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Energy, Solar Energy
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Tunisian enjoys a sunshine level that is highly favorable to concoct solutions based on solar energy and hence comes the development of the solar water heaters market. This market is perfectly substitute classic means of water heating using conventional energies whose cost has increased in recent year (electricity, LPG, natural Gas). 

To increase the share of solar water heaters in the Tunisian residential sector and to accelerate the development of the solar water heater (SWH) in the market the PROSOL project was initiated in 2005 by the Tunisian Minister for Industry, the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) and Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), with the support of a special government finance initiative. 

PROSOL is a large scale comprehensive scheme for disseminating solar water heating systems proposing an attractive financing facility for end users, combined with an accreditation scheme for suppliers/installers and SWH products, as well as monitoring procedures to ensure the quality and reliability of systems that are disseminated through the PROSOL program.

PROSOL has decisively led to a new scaling within the Tunisian market of solar water heaters and contributed to the achievement of the following results: 

  • An increase of a specific indicator to achieve 63 m2/1000 inhabitants in 2012 against 12 m2/1000 inhabitants in 2004 before program PROSOL.;
  • An increase in supply (44 suppliers, 500 accredited fitters);
  • The developments of local manufacturers (10 companies);
  • Creation of employment (6,000 jobs)

Given the successes of the approach adopted by the PROSOL program, similar procedures were adopted to promote new domains of renewable energies such as the electric PROSOL (solar rooftops connected to the grid). 


Tunisian Ministry of Industry, National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME), Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG), ATTIJARI Bank, the National Chamber of renewable Energies, Tunisian Consumer Defense Organization, Suppliers and installer

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Administrative city at Montplaisir
Avenue of Japan Tunis
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