Turkey to introduce net metering scheme for residential PV

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The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK) has published a draft net metering regulation for rooftop PV installations with a power range of 3 kW to 10 kW.

According to information provided to pv magazine by local industry sources, the new rules for residential PV will likely come into force in the first half of this year, while other net metering rules for commercial and industrial solar power systems may be issued at a later stage, eventually by the end of 2018.

Under the new scheme, owners of residential rooftop PV systems will be entitled to sell surplus power to the country’s power distributors. Currently, there is no public support scheme regulating the installation of residential solar in the country.

The reason why the rules for residential PV will be prioritized and those for larger rooftop PV installations could be issued later, on the other hand, is likely due to the fact that commercial and industrial PV projects are currently being built in the country as unlicensed projects with a capacity of up to 1 MW.

Almost of all of the 2.6 GW of installed PV capacity in Turkey, in fact, is represented by these kind of ground-mounted and rooftop projects, which can also be installed within a larger solar complex.

Under the Turkish regulation for solar and renewables, projects up to 1 MW do not require a license, but do require permission from the electric distribution company to connect to the grid while receiving an incentive tariff. However, if the produced power is used uniquely at the investor’s premises, such permission is not required.

Most of this 2.6 GW, namely 1.7 GW, was installed in Turkey last year. In 2016 and 2015, Turkey added just 571 MW and 248.8 MW of new capacity, respectively.

Turkey aims to install 5 GW of solar PV capacity by 2023.