Launched in 2009, the Collective PROSOL programme is the result of a cooperation between ANME and Italian International Cooperation, through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Collective PROSOL aims to create a sustainable market for solar thermal systems and the installation of 200,000 m² of thermal solar collectors by 2030 in Tunisia.
The programme aims to exploit the potential of collective solar thermal technologies for reducing the energy bills of facilities from different economic sectors, all of which need heat for the production of hot water and steam.
Collective PROSOL aims to support developers in the process of installing collective solar thermal equipment, through providing integrated technical assistance as required.
- Organizations that use domestic hot water, steam or heat in general, such as hotels, health establishments, indoor swimming pools, industries, university hostels, Turkish baths, farms, etc.
- Consultants (design offices and consulting engineers) authorized in accordance with the ‘regulations for the authorization of consultants and quality controllers’ (cahier des charges de l’éligibilité des prescripteurs et des contrôleurs techniques) and who appear on the ANME list of design offices / consulting engineers. Such consultants are responsible for studying the technical and economic feasibility of solar thermal equipment projects, preparing feasibility studies and tender documents and monitoring the installation. The abovementioned regulations and list are available in the downloads section.
- Project management inspectors, authorized in accordance with the ‘Regulations for the authorization of consultants and project management inspectors’ (cahier des charges de l’éligibilité des prescripteurs et des contrôleurs techniques) and who appear on the list of project management consultants. They are responsible for monitoring the technical feasibility and implementation of projects. The regulations and the list are available in the downloads section.
- Installers, authorized in accordance with the ‘Authorization regulations for installation companies’ (cahier des charges de l’éligibilité des entreprises d’installation) and who appear on the list of installation companies available on the website. They are responsible for supplying solar equipment, including approved solar collectors, according to the standards specified by the ‘Product Authorization Specifications’ and which appear on the list of solar thermal collectors available on the website. They are also responsible for executing combination and forced circulation solar installation projects. The regulations and list are available in the downloads section.
- Suppliers, authorized in accordance with the ‘Supplier authorization regulations’ (cahier des charges de l’éligibilité des fournisseurs) and who appear on the list of residential suppliers available on the website. They are responsible for carrying out collective solar installations of certified solar water heaters registered on the ANME list. The regulations and the list are available in the downloads section.
Classification of Collective Solar Installations:
- “Col-CESI” collective solar installations are formed by the connection of several individual solar water heaters. ANME approved suppliers of solar water heaters are the principal agents in this category, in accordance with ANME procedure. [The Coll CESI procedur e].
- “Col-CENT” collective solar installations are formed by custom-assembled, forced-circulation solar equipment. Several ANME authorized agents engage at different levels (design, testing, installation and maintenance) in these systems according to ANME procedure.[The Coll-Cent installation procedure]
- 35,000 m² of solar collectors have been installed in the service sector since the launch of the project in 2009, delivering an estimated energy saving of 52,500 toe (tons oil equivalent) during the systems’ lifetime.
- Collective solar-thermal installations have been set up in hotels with a total surface area of 4,460 m² of collectors. The map below shows the locations of the largest solar installations in terms of the number of collectors:
- 500 engineers, managers and technicians have been trained in aspects of design, installation, operation and maintenance of collective solar thermal installations;
- Eighteen design offices are authorized for the programme (see the list in the downloads section);
- Ten companies operate forced circulation systems;
- More than 50 suppliers are qualified for solar water heater installations;
- Four accredited control offices;
- 53 certified sensors;
- Two test centres equipped and undergoing accreditation (CTMCCV and CRTEn)
The 4-star Djerba Beach hotel is located in the town of Midoun on the island of Djerba, in the south-east of Tunisia. Built in 1968, the entire building and plant were completely renovated in 2006. Its current accommodation capacity is of 246 rooms with 517 beds.
Planned following an energy audit of the hotel, the solar water heating installation consists of 312 m² of solar collectors and 15 m3 of hot water storage.
ANME’s PROSOL Service programme contributed to the financing of the project through incentives of 46,800 DT provided through the Energy Transition Fund and additional allowances of 4,200 DT. The remainder of the investment, 154,800 DT, was financed by the hotelier.
Equipped with a remote monitoring system, this solar installation generated real annual gains on the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) bill of 42,267 DT (during 2009) and 40,613 DT (during 2010). Since the project was launched in 2006, this indicates that its payback time was less than four years.