Industry experts discuss strategies for tapping the great PV potential in Turkey at Intersolar Summit

At present, Turkey's politically declared solar PV expansion target is approximately 5 GW
At present, Turkey's politically declared solar PV expansion target is approximately 5 GW

With more than 200 participants, 23 expert speakers and 15 exhibitors, the Intersolar Summit, taking place in Turkey this year, shows how much potential this country has in the field of renewable energies and how interested international energy companies are in the Turkish market.

Yusuf Yazar, General Manager of the Renewable Energy General Directorate, emphasized in his opening speech that the increasing implementation of renewable energy sources, especially of solar energy, is an opportunity for Turkey to become independent from energy imports.

He argued that not only Turkey, as a location of locally operated energy generating facilities, but also neighbouring countries could benefit from new jobs and the knowledge transfer, which is related to this, as well as other steps in the value chain - a sustainable profit for a whole region.

In Turkey, the rate for electricity demand increases by about 6 per cent every year, a fact that clearly shows that there is a need for investment in this in order to become independent from imports and to change the way energy is supplied in a sustainable way. This would also influence two further challenges Turkey faces in a positive way: on the one hand, CO2 emissions in Turkey are strikingly high and, on the other hand, there are weaknesses in the stability of the Turkish grid.

 

20 GW of newly installed PV capacity is a declared best-case target by 2023

Dr. Mustafa Gözen, Head of the Market Monitoring and Legislation Group at the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EPDK), emphasized in his presentation that 20,000 MW of newly installed PV capacity is a declared best-case target by 2023. At present, Turkey's politically declared expansion target is approximately 5 GW.

In addition to this, a support system has to be established in order to create market incentives as well as to abolish existing regulatory barriers: "Lift the current barriers, do not create new ones!”, claims Gözen.

 

Stronger political commitment is expected from the new government, to be elected in June 2015

He continued that Turkey, on its way to renewable energy, could learn from other countries, in which the energy transition had been successful. A stronger political commitment is expected from the new government, which will be elected in June 2015.

Turkey offers a great potential for renewable energies, interesting opportunities for international companies to discover new business areas, and all in all the opportunity to act as a kind of incubator for a whole region and lead the way - "Turkey has to make the right choice".

More information about the Intersolar Summits from Solar Promotion International, FMMI - Freiburg Management and Marketing International as well as EuPD Research can be found on the website www.intersolar-summit.com.

 

2015-04-01 | Courtesy: Intersolar | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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