2 April 2016 2016 05:01 PM GMT

Strong Growth For Solar PV In Turkey Expected In 2016 and 2017

Analysts and industry representatives are expecting strong growth in photovoltaics (PV) in Turkey. “The market has the potential this year to reach the 500 MW expansion mark,” says Josefin Berg, an analyst at consulting firm IHS. In 2016 and 2017, an increased number of large-scale projects with more than one MW capacity are expected to receive approval and will then be carried out. The first installment for the licensed large-scale plants is 600 MW.

First Solar for example, has secured interconnection rights for three planned PV plants in southern Turkey. The projects with a combined capacity of 19 MW will be developed in the Muğla, Burdur, and Urfa provinces. When complete, the plants will produce an estimated 31.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, sufficient to power an estimated 14,000 average homes in the country “First Solar sees a tremendous amount of potential in Turkey,” Evren Evcit, First Solar’s Head of Business Development for Turkey says.

German based mounting systems specialist Schletter also expressed optimism. Currently, the company is manufacturing for local EPC’s and investors, for example, two tracker projects, one with a size of 11.5 MW in Kayseri, Anatolia, and a 5-MW project in Isparta. “In addition, we are currently building and delivering permanently elevated open-area installations with about 20 MW in Mersin, Isparta and other regions,”  Taner Öztürk of Schletter Solar Montaj Sistemleri Türkiyesays. He is expecting the expansion of the Solar PV market in Turkey to level off at approximately 1 GW annually. The demand for roof-mounted systems is also set to increase in 2016.

IBC Solar expressed similar optimism. “The installed Solar PV capacity being targeted in 2016 is between 800 and 900 MW, and we are looking to achieve a market share of ten per cent of that. We currently have good chances of achieving this goal,” said Bulent Yildiz, managing director of IBC Solar Türkiye. The taxation of imported modules, which came into effect in Turkey in December, does not affect the project business in most cases. The investors can apply for a VAT exemption for import modules as well. The projects that are affected are smaller ones, for which an application for VAT would have been too much work. The Turkish government is clearly pursuing the goal of encouraging the use of locally-produced modules in this segment. The current total capacity of Turkish module manufacturers is approximately 300 MW.

Can Sözen, head of the Turkish system provider Zenit Enerji in Izmir is expecting PV business of up to 100 MW in 2016. “We see also more and more engagement from local municipalities and universities for solar electricity”, Sözen says. For example Inönü University Turgut Özal Medical Center operates a 5,3 MW solar PV power plant since last year, the biggest PV-plant so far at a Turkish university. The project just was awarded the prestigious ICCI Energy Award in the solar power category.

ICCI 2016, 22nd International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference, will take place from 27 to 29 April at Expo Center in Istanbul and is considered to be the most important energy event in Turkey and the region. More than 340 exhibitors and 16,000 visitors are expected. By hosting a special forum for solar energy at the ICCI, we intend to provide a platform for investors and the industry to promote the development of photovoltaic potential in Turkey”, says Murat Özer, deputy general director of Hannover Fairs Turkey.

June 20th 2017
EDF, Canadian Solar Join Forces For One Of The Largest Solar Projects In LATAM

EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired an 80% interest in the Pirapora II PV project (115 MWp) from Canadian Solar Inc., which is retaining a 20% stake and manufacturing the PV panels locally. It marks the latest step by EDF in Brazil’s renewable energy sector. With this addition, it now has 489 MW under construction, consisting of 183 MW (wind) and 306 MWp (solar). The project is located close to Pirapora I (191 MWp), also jointly owned by both companies. With a total installed capacity of over 300 MWp, the energy generated by both projects will cover the annual electricity consumption of 323,000 Brazilian homes.

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US: Clean Energy Now Providing More Electricity Than Nuclear For The First Time

The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” reveals that – for the first time since the beginning of the nuclear era – renewable energy sources are now providing a greater share of the nation’s electrical generation than nuclear power. “Renewable energy is now surpassing nuclear power, a major milestone in the transformation of the U.S. energy sector,” said Tim Judson, Executive Director of the NIRS. “This gulf will only widen over the next several years, with continued strong growth of renewables and the planned retirement of at least 7% of nuclear capacity by 2025.

June 23rd 2017
Wind Power Can Provide Energy On Coldest Days: Met Office, Imperial College

A new study by climate scientists has advanced the understanding of the potential for wind power to provide energy during the coldest spells of winter weather. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Imperial College London and the University of Reading, compared wind power availability with electricity demand in winter and they found an interesting result. The team found that during the highest 5% of energy demand days, one-third produce more wind power than the winter average. “The very coldest days are associated with a mix of different weather patterns, some of which produce high winds in parts of the UK.

June 23rd 2017
Indian Firm Wins 1.8GW Sweihan Order; The Largest Solar PV Project In The World

Indian company Sterling and Wilson has won the contract for the world’s largest single location solar PV project. The Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi is for turnkey EPC as well as O&M; and is jointly developed by Japanese investment firm Marubeni, Chinese solar company Jinko Solar, and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). It will deliver a capacity of 1177 MWp, surpassing the current largest 850 MWp single location plant in China. In March 2017, Marubeni and Jinko had signed a 25-year PPA with ADWEA on a tariff of $0.0242/kWh, making Sweihan also the plant with the lowest electricity price so far.