Turkey’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan aims at the installation of 5 GW of solar PV capacity by 2023

The nation has pledged to develop 5 GW of solar photovoltaics (PV) by 2023
The nation has pledged to develop 5 GW of solar photovoltaics (PV) by 2023

In a move to grow the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix, increase security of energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has developed – with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – Turkey’s first National Renewable Energy Action Plan in line with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.


Focus on hydropower, wind energy, and solar PV

Turkey has pledged to develop 30 per cent of its total installed capacity from renewable sources by 2023. The objective is to add 34 GW of hydropower, 20 GW of wind energy, 5 GW of solar photovoltaics (PV), 1 GW of geothermal and 1 GW of biomass. The country also aims to have 10 per cent of its transport sector needs met by renewable energy.

“Turkey will continue increasing energy generation from its domestic resources, including from renewable sources such as hydro, wind, geothermal and biomass. Renewable energy is one of the key elements of the policy and strategy which shape Turkey’s energy agenda,” said Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz.

To achieve its goal Turkey must increase its non-hydro renewables output about sevenfold in less than ten years. The action plan developed with the EBRD is the guiding document for the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to meet these targets.

It sets out the course of action required to attract more investment in renewable energy projects. For example, the document identifies the regulatory gaps hindering private investment in the sector and establishes measures based on international best practices.

Terry McCallion, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, added: “This action plan is a roadmap to a big change. The target is ambitious, but with determined and concerted efforts at all levels of government and with the full participation of the industry, Turkey will be able to unlock its green energy potential. This will have a positive impact on businesses, people’s lives and the environment.”

The initiative to support the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources in developing the action plan is funded by a EUR 150,000 grant provided by the government of Spain. This financing enabled the EBRD to hire the Deloitte consultancy to work with the Ministry.  

Further information: National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Turkey


2015-02-17 | Courtesy: EBRD | © Heindl Server GmbH

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