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Minister Donmez: Turkey will be the center of renewable energy

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Donmez, referring to the importance of Turkey’s domestic and renewable energy policies, said, “We now say that Turkey will be the center of renewable energy in terms of resources, technology and markets.”

Fatih Donmez, who paid a technical inspection visit to the Karapinar Solar Power Plant (GES) Site, attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the SCADA center.

Fatih Donmez, who paid a technical inspection visit to the Karapinar Solar Power Plant (GES) Site, attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the SCADA center. He said, “In addition to meeting a significant part of our electricity needs from domestic sources, we have taken an important step towards becoming an energy center where electricity is priced. We now say that Turkey will be the center of renewable energy in terms of resources, technology and markets.”

Drawing attention to the point where renewable energy has come in Turkey in recent years, Donmez said, “More than 90% of the total installed power we have commissioned for 3-4 years comes from renewable energy sources. When we look at wind and solar in particular, the wind has a 20-year history and the sun almost a 10-year past. Today, we rank 12th in the world and 7th in Europe with 9,660 megawatts in wind energy. In solar energy, we are 13th in the world and 7th in Europe with 7,154 megawatts.”

Donmez stated that applications for YEKA RES-3 will be received on October 12, and that the competitions will be held in the last quarter of the year.

Emphasizing that the SCADA facility, the foundation of which was laid today, will be one of the most important steps taken for the localization of energy technologies, Donmez stated that this center will provide the management and control of the power plant, as well as an information and technology base.

Minister Donmez underlined that the installation of Karapinar SPP was completed by 20% and started to generate electricity, and continued as follows:

“So far, the panel installation of 271 megawatts of installed power, called Phase-1, has been completed. For this, 700 thousand panels have been installed in the field. I hope we will commission Karapinar SPP, one of the largest solar power plants in the world, at full capacity by the end of 2022. Europe’s first and only integrated solar panel factory, Karapinar meets the panel need of GES with domestic resources. The facility, with an investment amount of $400 million, has an annual solar panel production capacity of 500 megawatts. The domesticity rate of the panels produced in the facility, which will prevent the import of panels of approximately $100 million every year with the production it will realize, is over 70%. With Karapinar SPP, Integrated Solar Panel Factory and R&D Facility, which is one of the best examples of the steps we have taken by saying Turkey as the center country in energy technologies, we put the stamp of “Made In Turkey” on renewable energy with domestic technology.”

Source: AA / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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