Turkey approves a further 302 MW in PV projects

Turkey’s electricity transmission company, TEIAS tendered 302 MW of PV capacity over the last three days of April. According to information gleaned by pv magazine, on April 28, bids for 91 projects totaling 69 MW across four regions were received. Meanwhile, bids for 142 MW of PV across a further four regions came in on April 29, and for 91 MW on April 30.

Together with the 228 MW of PV projects awarded in January, and an extra 13 MW licensed last year, Turkey has finally allocated all 600 MW of PV under its inaugural licensing round initiated in 2013 for projects larger than 1 MW. The process took Turkish institutions a full two years, which has attracted heavy criticism from the sector.

The critical question is now how fast the awarded projects will be built.

All projects will receive a FIT of $0.133/kWh for 10 years, plus five-year premiums for components manufactured in Turkey. However, successful projects need to pay a one-time contribution fee per installed MW and this fee, which was the result of the tender process, varies significantly per project.

Hannes Beushausen, project manager and Turkey expert at Apricum consulting firm, told pv magazine that based on the several licenses for the 228 MW of PV capacity tendered in January, which have high contribution fees, for example, it is hard to see how feasible the projects will be under the country’s FIT program. See below for a list of the successful bids under April’s tender.

Region

Company

MW

Adana-Osmaniye

Aten Elektrik Üretim

9 MW

Sivas

YBT Enerji Elektronik ?n?aat

9 MW

Kayseri

Özkoyuncu E. Ü (15 MW)

Için Uluder Elt.Ü (10 MW)

25 MW

Nigde-Nevsehir-Aksaray

Cingilli Organik Tar?m

26 MW

Kahramanmaras- Ad?yaman

Karomad (7 MW)

Uluder (10 MW)

Solar Ventures (10 MW)

27 MW

Malatya-Ad?yaman

Iota (9.95 MW)

Ozguclu (10 MW)

Desun (2.05 MW)

22 MW

Van-A?r?

Gun (45 MW)

Omicron (19.9 MW)

PSI (9.95 MW)

Tusba (2.15 MW)

77 MW

Bitlis

Alages

16 MW

Karaman

Teksin (33.124 MW)

Teknar (4.876 MW)

38 MW

Mersin

Ilgaz

35 MW

Isparta-Afyon

Vektor

18 MW

pv magazine analyzed Turkey’s solar PV market in its April print edition, including policy, financing, grid issues, and the sub-1 MW unlicensed market.

Edited by Becky Beetz