Phoenix Solar to build 6 PV plants in Turkey

The German solar PV system integrator, along with its partner, Asunim Yenilenebilir Enerji Teknolojileri ?n?. Müh. San. Tic. Ltd. ?ti., has been awarded a project to install six PV plants totaling 6.9 MW in the outskirts of the city of Kayseri in central Anatolia, by a Turkish consortium.

While Asunim has developed the project and will carry out construction, Phoenix Solar will undertake the engineering and procurement tasks. Yingli will supply the necessary PV modules, and Advanced Energy, the string inverters. Construction will begin immediately, with work scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

"The Turkish market for large scale photovoltaic power generation is developing quickly", said Phoenix Solar CEO, Tim Ryan, adding, "Together with our partner Asunim we are well positioned to assist Turkish investors to capitalize on the economic and environmental advantages of solar power and will steadily expand our customer base in the Near and Middle East."

Paving the way for the first utility-scale solar installations in Turkey, the country’s electricity transmission company, TEIAS has awarded 530 MW of projects this year, including 228 MW in January and 302 MW in May.

Added to the 13 MW licensed in 2014, Turkey has 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 two years, which attracted heavy criticism from the sector.

Disappointingly, Turkey added only 78 MW of grid-tied solar PV in 2014, compared to 804 MW of wind plants. Despite this, the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has set an ambitious, minimum, target of 5 GW solar PV installations by 2023.