Though it has taken years to reach this stage, Industry Minister Slim Feriani is happy he has finally got the ball rolling on Tunisia’s proposed renewables revolution. The country’s first on-grid solar project at Tozeur came online in August, around 274MW of solar and wind projects have been awarded, and a further 1GW is in the tendering stages.

Mr Feriani is realistic. He appears to have reevaluated the country’s initial renewables targets after being handed the energy...