Germany's Wagner Solar and Istanbul-based EPC contractor Ino Solar have connected a 25 MW PV power project to the grid in Islahiye, close to Gaziantep, in Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Region. The project is currently the country’s largest operational solar plant, the two companies claim.
The plant, built for a collective of local land owners, consists of 25 unlicensed sub-units of 1 MW each that came online over several phases. The first 5 MW block was commissioned in 2016, while the second 20 MW were approved by local grid operator TEDAŞ in late October, and is now connected to the network.
The installation relies on PV modules provided by German manufacturer SolarWorld and string inverters from SMA. Wagner Solar’s “TRIC flex four” ground mount systems, which were also used for the project, were produced at a Turkish extrusion plant. Wagner Solar was also responsible for the engineering and installation of the mounting system and complete DC side.
The two companies said in a statement that they are looking for further long term cooperation in the Turkish solar market.
Turkey had reached 1,503 MW of installed PV capacity as of the end of June 2017, according to statistics released by the Turkish solar association Günder, which are based on the country’s Energy Market Regulatory Board’s monthly Electrical Statistics Report. Of this capacity, 1,491.7 MW is represented by unlicensed PV plants.
Under the Turkish legislation, all solar PV projects under 1 MW in size do not need to obtain a license from the Turkish government. This means all the plants included in this category are below 1 MW, or are segmented into 1 MW sub-units. The remaining 12.9 MW is represented by licensed PV capacity.