Turkey: over 3 GW of projects submitted for licensing

Turkey continues to attract much attention from the international photovoltaic industry, as the first rounds of the licensing program for larger projects closed today. According to information provided to pv magazine by Enerparc, the Turkish Energy Regulatory Authority (EPDK) has received over 3 GW of applications for licenses for larger projects throughout the week, far exceeding the 600 MW cap set by the EPDK for the first round of licenses.

Licensing rounds began on Monday of this week and closed on Friday.

According to Stefan Müller from Enerparc, the successful project license applications will be assessed and selected by EPDK over the next 30 days. Müller told pv magazine that he understands that during this period the final bidding specifications and requirements will also be published by EPDK.

Larger projects are defined by EPDK as being any one larger than 1 MW. pv magazine understands that it remains unclear as to whether licenses will be granted to the lowest-cost bidder, in a reverse auction, or will involve a fixed FIT and agreement with the off taking utility.

The standard Turkish photovoltaic FIT is US$0.133/kWh, with a local content premium being paid additionally.

The licensing rounds began Monday and closed today. Matthias Kittler, from cleantech advisors Apricum, told pv magazine that even on the first day of the license application process projects exceeding 1.4 GW in capacity, have been submitted.

The list of applicants being considered by the EPDK, published today, reveals that no foreign investors or developers are listed. Around 450 project applications have been published on the EPDK list.