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Turkish government to green its roofs with solar panels

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September 19, 2023

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The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change intends to provide public buildings across Turkey with small and mid-sized photovoltaic facilities for self-consumption.

A consultant will be chosen for a project, financed by the World Bank, to install solar power units to supply 47 government buildings including universities in Turkey’s nine provinces. The Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change said the deadline for expressions of interest is October 2.

Estimated overall capacity, published for 39 buildings, is 115 MW or just under 3 MW on average. It means the entire project could result in photovoltaic facilities of almost 140 MW in total.

PV systems to be installed on parking lots, roofs, land

The solar power systems are envisaged to be placed on parking lots, roofs and land, to enable beneficiary institutions to become prosumers. The five-year project is being conducted in Kayseri, Sivas, Tokat, Yozgat, Amasya, Çorum, Sinop, Ordu and Samsun.

The largest subproject is for 28 MW for a university in Samsun, where solar panels are planned to be installed on parking lots and land

The Ondokuz Mayıs University in the city of Samsun on the Black Sea coast is planned to get the biggest capacity – 28 MW. The solar power installations are set to be established on land and parking lots. They should cover the university’s annual electricity consumption, 29 GWh.

The smallest subprojects in the program are for two systems of 96 kW each.

The selected consultant will be obligated to analyze grid capabilities and the production and demand figures, among other tasks. The firm will also be responsible for financial and risk analysis, maintenance and support and feasibility studies.

Turkey aims to reach 42 GW in solar power capacity by 2035

As for local authorities in Turkey, massive investments in photovoltaic systems for self-consumption are underway. Even ground-mounted municipal solar power plants are becoming mainstream in cities and towns. On the other hand, the country’s agrisolar sector is still in its infancy.

Turkey has 10 GW of solar power installed. The government’s goal is to reach 42 GW by 2035.

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