Hasan Koktas, chairman of Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Agency (EPDK), has announced that the agency will begin accepting applications for new licenses to produce power from solar PV in April 2015.
Specifically, the filing dates for new applications are April 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, 2015. The application procedure will comply with guidelines brought by the country’s Electricity Market Law No. 6446, Koktas said.
Koktas made the announcements during a speech at the Turkish Wind Energy Congress organized by the Turkish Wind Energy Association last week in Istanbul (at which he also announced the filing dates for new wind power applications: April 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30, 2015).
In October, the Turkish government also decided to double the FIT payment eligibility of small scale PV installations up to 1 MW and to remove any size limits for self-consumption projects. The measures are expected to significantly drive solar PV installations.
The moves have been welcomed but the country must still deal urgently with its electricity grid capacity shortages. Allowing solar power to develop without barriers is seen as a step in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources published last week details of the new power capacity added in the country from January to October 2013. According to the ministry, of the 4,941.6 MW installed in this period, 428 MW came from wind and solar power sources. However, the report does not provide specific wind and solar PV installations data separately. It is believed that the vast majority of the added wind and solar capacity comes predominantly from wind.
Thermal stations of natural gas and lignite provided 2236.4 MW, hydro 2062.2 MW and geothermal, biogas and biomass sources about 215 MW of capacity.