Zorlu Energy plans 50 MW solar project in Kazakhstan


Turkish energy company Zorlu Energy – a division of the Zorlu industrial conglomerate – is planning a 50 MW solar plant in the southernmost part of Kazakhstan.

In a filing with the Public Disclosure Platform of Turkey's Central Securities Depository, the company said it has signed a framework agreement with the nation’s Ministry of Energy and the regional government of the Turkestan district in South Kazakhstan for the project.

Zorlu Energy operates three geothermal plants in Turkey with a total 140 MW capacity, two wind farms with a combined capacity of 170 MW, seven hydropower plants amounting to 120 MW and three thermal plants with another 239 MW. A 56.4 MW wind farm is operated by the company in Pakistan.

As for its solar business, Zorlu Energy last year signed an agreement to supply First Solar thin-film modules in 26 global markets. The terms of the five-year deal see Zorlu become a major distributor of the thin-film panels in countries including Turkey, Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine as well as in the the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Kazakhstan.

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At the time, Zorlu agreed to develop PV projects using First Solar modules and the U.S. manufacturer closed its Istanbul office and shifted business development resources in Turkey to Zorlu Solar, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holdings.

Zorlu Energy is also developing solar projects in Palestine and is among the bidders for Oman’s recent 500 MW solar tender.

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