CSUN realizes first 'Made in Turkey' modules16. October 2013 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Ian Clover
The Chinese solar manufacturer has begun production in Turkey, realizing a 66 kWp system at a school in the nation’s largest city, Istanbul.
Specialist solar cell and module manufacturers CSUN this week completed their first PV project in Turkey with locally produced modules. KosiFrankensolar realized the project, installing 66 kWp-worth of CSUN solar panels on to the roof of Asfa School, located in the Uskudar district of Istanbul.
It is the first project to use CSUN modules bearing the ‘Made in Turkey’ tag, and is expected to produce 75 MWh per year, with 30% of the power generated to be used for self consumption and the remaining electricity to be fed into the grid.
"We chose CSUN modules because it was important for us to work with a well-known global manufacturer as well as using locally produced components," said KosiFrankensolar’s general manager, Bülent Yildiz. "The recently opened Turkish factory, CSUN Eurasia, allowed us to meet both criteria.
"In addition to using their own electricity and thereby reducing the school’s operation costs," Yildiz continued, "an important parameter for the decision was to use the solar system for training and demonstration purposes. Turkey – as a sun-rich country – could benefit strongly from solar deployment. With the integrated SMA monitoring system, they can directly demonstrate to pupils, parents and other interested groups the functionality of the system in terms of energy generation as well as emission savings."
Inaugurated in May this year by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, the CSUN Eurasia factory is located on the outskirts of Istanbul and boasts a module production capacity of 300 MW per year, and a cell production capacity of 100 MW.
It is currently the largest solar factory of its size in Turkey, and the first Chinese-owned production facility to be located outside China.
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