Algeria plans to issue solar energy tenders to be able to meet the rising demand for electricity and to increase gas exports, an official said, Reuters reported.

The country hopes to establish solar plants to cover around 27% of its electricity needs by 2030. That is why, it will invite bids from national and international firms to establish the plants, but currently, Algeria uses gas to generate 98% of its power output.

“We are (also) planning tenders to produce 2,000 megawatts before the end of 2020,” the official said without giving more details.

Moreover, maintaining the exports of oil and gas represent a priority for the country to focus on as the two energy products make up 60% of the budget and 94 % of the total sales abroad.