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The government is advancing rapidly with its plan to build more than 4GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation in partnership with foreign investors. At a well-attended presentation in Algiers on 1 March, Sonelgaz released a surprising amount of detail about its intentions. Minster of energy Noureddine Bouterfa first announced the 4,050MW programme in mid-January (AE 340/4). The dissemination of a detailed plan just over one month later is unusually rapid by Algerian standards.