Solar Power in Turkey

Solar power in Turkey. Turkey is located in an advantageous position in Europe for the purposes of solar power. Compared to the rest of Europe, insolation values are higher and conditions for solar power generation are comparable to Spain.

The main solar energy utilizations in Turkey are the flat-plate collectors in domestic hot water systems. Turkey is one of the leading countries in the world with a total installed capacity of 7.8 GWth as of 2008 (8,200,000 m² collector area as of 2001.) The systems are mostly used in Aegean and Mediterranean regions. Total annual energy production equals to 290,000 TOE (tons oil equivalent).

The industry is well developed with high quality manufacturing and export capacity. The number of companies is around 100 and annual manufacturing capacity is 750,000 m².

Initial utilization of photovoltaic and CSP systems was limited, with the usage of some governmental organizations in remote service areas such as telecom stations, forest fire observation towers and highway emergency. In May 2012, total installed peak power is estimated as 5 MW. A "solar house" was completed in April 2012, with a 24 kW solar panel in Antalya. Excess electricity generated goes onto the grid but is not paid for. Over 90% of installed photovoltaics is not grid connected. As in other countries, this will change as more is installed, and users take advantage of net metering, allowing them to generate electricity when they can, and use it whenever they wish.

A large 100 MW solar plant is planned for southern Turkey, using locally made solar panels.

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