Turkey delays tender of 1 GW solar plant by one month

The involvement of South Korea's Hanwha Q Cells in the Konya tender has been welcomed in Turkey.

The Turkish Government announced yesterday that the deadline for the submission of offers, as well as the tender date, for the new 1 GW solar PV farm planned to be built in Konya’s Karapinar province are to be delayed by one month.

Originally, offers should have been submitted to Turkey’s general directorate of renewable energy, which is part of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, by 14 February, with the tender planned to take place on 21 February.

However, in the Official Gazette published by the government on Tuesday, it was confirmed that the deadline for the submission of offers has been postponed to 14 March, at 12.00pm local time, while the tender will now take place on 20 March.

The new regulations for the 1 GW solar tender state that local manufacturing of PV modules, cells, wafers and ingots is mandatory. Local manufacturing for the inverters is also mandatory, but there is no clear definition about what comprises a ‘local’ inverter, so perhaps local assembly alone will be sufficient to qualify for the tender.

Turkey’s energy ministry has claimed that a combination of some global manufacturing companies with local power producers have already expressed interest in the project. However, local solar PV stakeholders expect the tender to be postponed for even longer, perhaps until around some time in the summer.

The country aims to install 5 GW of solar PV capacity by 2023. However, its current policies do not match the task and there has been strong criticism whether a new tender that makes local manufacturing necessary can really support this effort.