Turkish minister of energy and natural resources Berat Albayrak announced the tender for the 1 GW photovoltaic solar power plant in Karapınar, Konya in December.
In the announcement, he said that the “world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant will mark the new era for the renewable energy in Turkey”.
It is expected that the United States, China and European companies will compete for the project that should attract investments worth USD 1,3 billion to Konya.
Solar power plant will cover the total area of 2,000 hectares. After the completion, it will produce 1,7 billion KWh of electricity – enough to supply 600,000 households, for domestic use and for the export.
Bidding companies that want to participate the project will have to deliver solar power plant that can produce 500 GW of energy a year.
Government provides 15-year period of guarantee of purchase, but expects to engage domestic engineers and technology production. The solar power plant is expected to start the production of electricity in 2018.
At the same time, Turkey announced a tender for a similar project using wind energy, for the first quarter of 2017, writes Daily Sabah.
As reported earlier, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will provide “significant financial support for energy projects in Turkey over the next 10 years”.