IBC SOLAR Turkey has completed a 5.9 MWp solar power plant which will produce about 11 million kWh of power per year. The plant was built by the Turkish subsidiary of the German IBC SOLAR in the province of Gaziantep in the central region of the country.
The plant will prevent the release of some 7,000 tons of CO2 annually, as stated in the press release of the company.
Gaziantep was chosen as the region of Turkey with the highest solar irradiation values to ensure maximum production levels, IBC SOLAR Turkey managing partner Hakan Daltaban said at the opening ceremony adding that solar power plants in Turkey are profitable and sustainable because of high solar irradiation values.
The solar park in Gaziantep is the first in Turkey to have solar modules deployed east to west instead of only oriented to the south to increase power production. The solar park consists of seven smaller facilities of less than 1 MW each. “This enables us to guarantee a simple grid connection under the current statutory regulations”, General Manager IBC SOLAR Turkey Bülent Yildiz said.
The Gaziantep solar power plant was handed over to the investor Çolak Energy & Koyuncu Energy as a turnkey solution, including project design, plant commissioning and a remote energy monitoring system, with IBC SOLAR Turkey acting as an EPC service provider. The project was audited and awarded German TUV certificates.
Çolak Energy & Koyuncu Energy owner Kazım Çolak said that this is the largest new installed solar project that the company has invested in.
Turkey has a national average of 7,2 hours of sun a day which makes it one of the best places in Europe and the Middle East for solar power generation. The Turkish government wants to get to the level of 3 GW of power from solar plants by the year 2023.