Intersolar Europe: Hanwha SolarOne signs MoU for 5 MW Turkish PV project

Korean solar module specialist Hanwha SolarOne announced at Intersolar Europe the signing yesterday of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Turkish solar power systems company Halk Enerji.

The 5 MW project is located in the eastern Turkey city of Erzurum and is the first PV project to be licensed in the country since the Turkish authorities began the first phase of its 600 MW tendering process in May.

The first tranche of Turkey’s biddable tenders was released at 13 MW, with 8 MW earmarked for the city of Elazeg. Yalçin Adiyaman, deputy general manager for Halk Enerji, expects the entire government-backed 600 MW package to be fully tendered by the end of 2015.

Adiyaman revealed to pv magazine that Halk Enerji won the first license in the country, and have agreed a deal that sees Bosch Power Tec supply its inverters for the project. Hanwha SolarOne will supply the entire 5 MW of modules, with Halk Enerji carrying out all engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities.

The MoU was signed by Halk Enerji general manager, Mustafa Atilla; Bosch Power Tec general manager Georges Andary, and Hanwha SolarOne GmbH managing director for Europe, Maeng Yoon Kim.

"Bosch Power Tec is a high quality supplier with a very strong balance sheet, which is important for us," said Adiyaman. "We decided to sign a MoU with Hanwha SolarOne because it is a company with a great track record. Working with both of these two respected companies ensures that we will be able to develop a high quality PV power plant that will be perform exceptionally and reliably for many years.

"As the first licensed PV project in Turkey, we hope to set a benchmark of quality. Working with Bosch Power Tec and Hanwha SolarOne allows us to do that."

Talk of Turkey’s PV development has been brisk at Intersolar Europe, with Adiyaman revealing that the Turkish government is currently in talks to make it easier for all segments of its solar industry – licensed, commercial and residential – to install solar PV plants and arrays. Currently, high project costs have stymied the development of smaller scale installations, despite the fact that projects under 1 MW do not require a license from the government.