Turkey’s largest thin film PV power system connected to the grid

Located west of Istanbul, Turkey on the roof of sweets confectioner, Perfetti Van Melle, the 31-kilowatt peak (kWp) project is expected to generate 38-megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually.

The system was installed by Form Temiz Enerji A.?., a partner company of Centrosolar and a subsidiary of the Form Group in Turkey, while Centrosolar installed the 108 PV modules.

Centrosolar said that each module is over five meters long, with an output of 288 Wp and consists of two laminates made by United Solar Ovonic.

"Our light thin film modules are the best solution for this factory roof, which has a pitch of only 10 degrees, is aligned in an east-westerly direction and has a low carrying capacity," stated Torsten Lütten, director of international sales at Centrosolar. "They will deliver higher solar yields than crystalline modules in a comparable position. The high temperatures in Turkey also clearly favor thin film systems, which have better temperature coefficients."

Turkey has not yet introduced feed-in tariffs for solar power. Although the country is an attractive location with an average 1,250-Watt of solar radiation per square meter, continued the company, the solar output installed currently amounts to less than one megawatt.