An 18.6 MW unlicensed solar PV portfolio, located in the cities of Konya and Nevşehir, and another 1.1 MW project located in the city of Burdur have been brought online by the German juwi group.
The 18.6 MW project consists of 18 separate plants, all of which fall under the regulation for unlicensed solar in the country. Eight solar plants are installed in Konya, in Central Anatolia, and ten more are developed in Nevşehir, about 200 kilometers north-east of the city of Konya, following a $23.5 million investment boost coming from Turkish Koyuncu Group.
“We are pleased to have successfully transferred the solar parks into the hands of our clients. The Turkish energy market offers great potential for renewables and we are just at the beginning of a long road, in particular with regard to the country’s target for solar energy,” Turkey General Manager Korhan Göğüş said on the occasion.
All projects have been planned, designed and executed by juwi’s subsidiary juwi Yenilenebilir Enerji A.Ş.
With the combined module surface of more than 110,000 square meters, the projected annual energy yield will exceed 30 million kWh, bringing the country closer to its solar energy target, which has been set at 5 GW solar PV capacity by 2023.
According to the latest available data released by the Turkish solar association Günder, which is based on the country’s Energy Market Regulatory Board’s monthly Electrical Statistics Report, Turkey reached 1,503 MW of installed PV capacity by the end of June, and expects to see another 500 MW of installed capacity before the year is out. Of the cumulative installed capacity, 1,491.7 MW are unlicensed PV plants, projects below 1MW in size that do not need a license from the Turkish government, whereas the remaining 12.9 MW comes from licensed PV capacity.
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The photo shows a single large development. The breakdown into 1MW blocks to get round the licensing requirement is pretty clearly a polite fiction. The result of Turkey’s policy is that the sector is unregulated for practical purposes, apart of course from the FIT.
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