Turkey’s stuttering economy, shifting PV policy landscape, and the fruitless YEKA tenders have undermined the country’s solar progress, even though it was considered Europe’s most promising market as recently as two years ago. But its rooftops could still bloom if new regulations that will be issued in May manage to make solar attractive to both businesses and households alike.
Turkey introduced net metering in May, stoking hopes the scheme could add meaningful volumes of new solar generation capacity. Municipal governments elected in the spring can also boost the program’s success, provided the many layers of authority can work together, that is.
The floating solar array was deployed in Istanbul’s Lake Büyükçekmec. The project was realized by a subsidiary of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
Solarex Istanbul, the PV trade fair, opened its gates yesterday for the tenth edition of the exhibition. After attracting some 20,000 visitors last year, organizers are optimistic that this year’s attendance will exceed 25,000.
Turkey’s largest city, with a population about 14 million people, could face an acute electricity shortage, confirms the Turkish energy minister. However, paradoxically, Turkey’s energy ministry has not made plans for a solar rollout. Instead, it continues to rely on coal.
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