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Turkey-based Yıldırım building 109 MW solar park in Kosovo* for its ferronickel plant

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Yıldırım Energy laid the foundation stone in Kosovo* for the first phase of its 150 MW solar farm. The Turkish company intends to produce electricity for its ferronickel plant, which exports its entire output.

A renewable energy investment of more than EUR 43 million is underway in Gllogovc (also known as Glogovac and Drenas). Yıldırım Group’s subsidiary Yıldırım Energy marked its expansion to Kosovo* by inaugurating the construction works on a 109 MW solar park.

The facility will reduce electricity costs and facilitate sustainable production at the NewCo Ferronikeli plant, its General Manager Cemil Acar said. The ferronickel production complex exports all its products, he pointed out. The photovoltaic plant is due to come online early next year, he revealed.

Company’s solar park is among largest ones in construction in Western Balkans

Using renewable energy in production would enable the group to be exempted from paying the European Union’s CO2 import levy, imposed through the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism or CBAM. Ferronickel is a ferroalloy, consisting of iron and nickel.

With the new photovoltaic plant, the group will get cheap electricity for its production lines and it can also exempt it from the EU’s carbon border tax system

Separately, the government in Prishtina said the first section of the solar power plant would have over 54 MW in capacity. The company’s target is to reach 150 MW by 2026, it added. It would make it the biggest in the Western Balkans so far, though Solar Energy Group Europe (SEGE) said a year ago that it launched the construction of an agrisolar power plant of 150 MW in peak capacity in Gjakova (Đakovica), also in Kosovo*.

The Ministry of Economy recently completed its first solar power auction, for a plant of up to 117 MW in peak terms. In comparison, government-controlled power utility Kosovo Energy Corp. (KEK) has a PV project of 120 MW underway. The facility will be built at a former ash dump of its Kosovo A power plant.

Energy crisis knocked out Ferronikeli in 2021

NewCo Ferronikeli resumed production last June after a break of almost two years. It was caused by a surge in electricity prices amid the energy crisis. The group entered ownership in 2022.

Yıldırım Energy trades power and gas, conducts electrification services and produces renewable energy, focused on hydropower, solar and wind. The firm is building a solar panel plant in Kocaeli in Turkey, according to its website. It also operates in North Macedonia and Albania.

The group, founded in 1963, is active in 57 countries. Its operations are based in Istanbul and the financial headquarters are in Amsterdam.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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