Germany’s IBC, SolarWorld announce separate solar developments in Turkey

German EPC and PV product distributor, IBC Solar has installed one of the largest commercial rooftop PV systems in Turkey.

The 4.24 MW system is located in Mersin and has now been handed over to the agricultural company, Tiryaki Agro Company, the company said. IBC Solar was awarded the contract to build the facility through a bidding process.

Large rooftop projects are becoming increasingly important in Turkey, driven by rising electricity prices and the opportunities for self-consumption of cheaper solar power, IBC Solar said.

Turkish and German engineers worked together in the development and realization of the PV system. Fraunhofer ISE was tasked with the technical management, while Deloitte, as another project partner, supported the tendering and bidding phase.

The rooftop system is the first part of the solar investment planned by the Turkish agrarian company. According to IBC Solar, the entire project involves the installation of roof and ground-mounted systems with a total output of 15.6 MW.

In other news, German solar manufacturer, Solarworld Industries GmbH has signed an exclusive distribution partnership agreement with local solar company, Inosolar. The delivery of solar modules with a total output of more than 60 MW was agreed for the first half of the year, the manufacturer said.

The contracts were signed on the occasion of a visit by Inosolar management to SolarWorld’s Freiberg module manufacturing facility, in Germany. In the coming years, an expansion of the partnership for the growing Turkish solar PV market is planned.

“Insolar has previously used modules from Solarworld in several photovoltaic projects. This is a key success factor for our projects in Turkey and beyond,” said Inosolar CEO, Ismet Ersoy.