Turkey..a major development in the production of solar electricity

Turkey has seen a significant increase in renewable energy investment, and within 8 years, the installed solar energy production has increased from 40 megawatts to 7,816 megawatts.

The world’s energy and electricity production needs are mostly met from sources such as coal, oil and natural gas, which are steadily declining year after year.

Consumption of fossil fuels pollutes the environment and increases the effects of global warming and climate change.

In recent years, Turkey has increased its efforts to meet its energy needs, relying on renewable energy sources called clean energy and reducing foreign energy dependency.

According to data from the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources:

  • Turkey started producing installed solar energy in 2014 and that year its production reached 40 megawatts.
  • In 2015, Turkey managed to increase its installed solar energy production, bringing the total production to 249 megawatts.
  • The installed solar energy production amounted to 833 megawatts in 2016.
  • In 2017, Turkey managed to increase the volume of its installed solar energy production to 3,421 megawatts, an increase of approximately 311%, compared to 2016.
  • Last year (2021), a new solar power plant with a capacity of 1,149 megawatts was opened and integrated with the public grid, bringing the installed solar capacity in the country to 7,816 megawatts.

Huge increase

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environmentally Friendly Energy Association, Tolga Şalli, said that the increase achieved by Turkey in the installed capacity of solar energy is enormous.

In statements to Anatolia, he pointed out that the support provided by the state to the environmentally friendly energy sector contributed to increasing the country’s capabilities in the field of installed solar energy production.

He stressed the importance of renewable energy sources in facing the crises of climate change and reducing foreign dependency in the energy sector.

Shalli said, “Turkey has an important geographical location that makes it more exposed to the sun and benefit from solar energy. There is no place within Turkey’s borders that cannot benefit from solar energy…”.

He stated that solar power plants are concentrated in the Aegean region and around the states of Karaman and Antalya (south) and Isparta (west), pointing to the importance of combating the climate change crisis, the Turkish Parliament’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, increasing the percentage of investment in renewable energy, and sustainable action plans related to clean energy.

Shalli explained that renewable energy sources are of great importance to exporting companies, and that the mentioned sources provide local companies with the ability to compete in the European market in the future.

“Our beautiful country enjoys important sources of clean energy, most notably wind, sun, geothermal energy and other resources,” he said.

He added that the provision of electric energy from these sources will provide Turkey with the ability to reduce foreign dependence on energy, in addition to taking important steps in the field of combating the climate change crisis.

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