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China Sunergy receives carbon footprint certificate for its Turkey made PV modules for the French solar market

China Sunergy receives carbon footprint certificate for its Turkey made PV modules for the French solar market | Solar Turkey |

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (CSUN, Nanjing) on August 20th, 2013, announced that it has received carbon footprint certificates from the French photovoltaic (PV) engineering company Solstyce. The certificates were issued for the mono- and poly-crystalline CSUN modules “Made in Turkey” at its recently opened factory in Istanbul.

The Carbon Footprint certificates are a mandatory requirement to participate in French tenders for solar photovoltaic plants with a size larger than 250 kWp. Tenders for more than 400 MW have been issued for submission by contractors to be handed in until 16th of September.


Poly-crystalline modules with a carbon footprint of 597 kg CO2 per kWp

“CSUN’s 'Made in Turkey' products received the Carbon Footprint certificate right on time for our customers to participate in the tender process for larger photovoltaic plants in France,” says William Sheng, Vice President Global Sales and CEO of CSUN’s EMEA operations.


“Particularly our poly-crystalline modules rank among the best of the industry with a very low carbon footprint of 597 kg CO2 per kilowatt-peak. Our mono-crystalline modules achieved the Carbon Footprint certificate at 658 kg CO2 per kilowatt-peak. These results underline CSUN’s strive for excellence and environmental sustainability.”


The modules produced at CSUN Eurasia are made from silicon produced in South Korea and Germany, wafers from Taiwan and Japan, which are then used for cell production directly at CSUN Eurasia.

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China Sunergy signs two solar module supply contracts for Turkey and Romania plants

China Sunergy signs two solar module supply contracts for Turkey and Romania plants | Solar Turkey |

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, announced that the Company has signed two solar module supply contracts totaling 9.9MW with Bester Generacion ("Bester Generacion"), an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company headquartered in Spain. The solar modules will be supplied from the Company's Turkey plant to Romania in September 2013.

Bester Generacion focuses on promoting, engineering, constructing, operating and maintaining renewable energy projects globally, using technologies such as photovoltaic, biomass, wind, solar thermal and mini-hydraulic. Over the past few years, Bester Generacion had developed solar projects totaling approximately 250MW throughout Europe, and currently has project pipeline all over the world. Bester Generacion will deploy China Sunergy's multi-crystalline modules in the two ground-mounted projects in Romania.

"We enjoy our cooperation with China Sunergy," said Mr. Antonio Macias Sanchez, CEO of Bester Generacion. "The high quality, excellent service, and technical expertise impressed us. We are actively discussing additional cooperation with China Sunergy, and with our global pipeline of solar projects, we look forward to combining both parties' extensive ecosystems to offer all-in-one solutions that include design, engineering, installation, service and financing."

Mr. Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy, commented, "We are pleased to partner with Bester Generacion in Romania, and elsewhere in Europe. Endowed with good insolation level and supported by the government's green certificates incentives, the solar market in Romania has grown steadily over the past two years and should continue to offer attractive opportunities in the future. We intend to leverage our manufacturing capacity in Turkey, as we expand our collaboration with Bester Generacion to capture a greater share of the global solar market." China Sunergy

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Turkey is quietly becoming a significant solar end market

Turkey is quietly becoming a significant solar end market | Solar Turkey |

Turkey has traditionally been overlooked as a major demand market. However, this is set to change as Turkey is on pace to be one of the fastest growing demand markets in Europe and Asia (Turkey is trans-continental, although the bulk of the land mass lies in Asia and is often classified as being part of the Middle East and North Africa region).


Although initially demand will be small in comparison to other markets, Turkey will be the first market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to see significant PV demand and will continue to show impressive growth over the coming decade. However, many of the details of the Turkish solar market are still being worked out by the government, and the market will take time to fully mature.


Turkey is the only country in the MENA region with a feed-in tariff, and has had a viable wind market since 2005. Turkey is also one of the largest solar water heating markets in Europe and is home to numerous solar water heating equipment manufacturers.


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Still Gripped by Violent Protest, Turkey Begins a Massive Push for Solar Power

Still Gripped by Violent Protest, Turkey Begins a Massive Push for Solar Power | Solar Turkey |

Across Turkey, in city streets and public spaces, mass demonstrations are still breaking out. But a nationwide push for cleaner energy is nonetheless continuing as planned. It seems that the state likes solar power better than social media—it may not tolerate dissident Twitter use, but it is making an aggressive, democratically-structured push to grow renewable energy. 


As part of its effort to generate 30% of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2030, Turkey has implemented an agressive feed-in tariff (FIT) system. FITs reward individuals and small companies for producing solar power and making it available to the grid.


Apparently, the terms of Turkeys nascent FIT were so alluring that despite the ongoing turmoil, 500 investors filed applications for new solar projects—enough to produce 9 gigawatts of power. That's enough to provide electricity to some 7-9 million homes. 


PV Magazine reports that "496 applications with close to 8.9 GW have been submitted to the Turkish Energy Regulatory Authority (EPDK)."


Interestingly, almost all of the investors were Turkish citizens. Only a handful of applications came in from outside investors. Ironically, the FIT is one of the most democratic energy production schemes, as it places the incentive to produce energy in the hands of communities and private citizens, not centralized utility monopolies. 


It is, in other words, a curious mechanism for an authoritarian-leaning leader like Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to use to spur clean energy production. But it doesn't change the fact that it's good idea. Despite Erdoğan's other failings—and they are legion—his clean energy effort places Turkey ahead of the United States in the race to transition away from climate-scorching fossil fuels.


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Strong investor interest in Turkey solar projects

Strong investor interest in Turkey solar projects | Solar Turkey |

Local and foreign investors began filing applications to Turkey’s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) yesterday to build photovoltaic power plants of up to 600 megawatt (MW) capacity, the first step towards harnessing the country’s considerable solar energy potential.

The regulative body received solar energy projects that amount to 1,000 MWs of capacity on the first day alone, filling the daily quota. EMRA will accept license applications to produce electricity from solar energy until June 14.

The strong interest is expected to continue to reach 6,000-7,000 MWs by the deadline, which in turn may necessitate a tender process to grant investors a license to build and operate photovoltaic power plants in certain locations. Since the launch of the application process in May 2012, potential investors have been conducting site selection and feasibility studies and measuring solar radiation levels in 510 different locations throughout Turkey. EMRA will begin granting licenses in the first half of next year.

Turkey’s advantageous geographical position exposes large portions of the country’s territory to sunlight during most of the year. With 2,640 hours of insolation per year and 380 terawatt hours of output potential, the country is the most promising country in Europe in terms of solar energy potential.

Turkey’s Renewable Energy Law, in effect since the beginning of 2011, especially favors investors with projects that use solar panels and other related equipment that is locally produced.

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Turkey's Ittifak Holding units apply for licences for 13.8 MW solar parks

Turkish diversified holding company Ittifak Holding [BIST:ITTFH] said Thursday its energy subsidiaries Afta Enerji Uretim and Afen Enerji Uretim have applied for licences to install a total of 13.8 megawatts

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Sunny days ahead for solar in Turkey

Sunny days ahead for solar in Turkey | Solar Turkey |

Applications for the Turkey’s first-ever solar energy licenses to build up to 600 megawatts of solar projects in 27 regions previously announced by the Ministry of Energy are due at the Energy Market Regulatory Authority in mid-June. The licenses are expected to be awarded in the first half of 2014.

The window may reopen for another round of applications thereafter.


Demand for electricity in Turkey has been growing at an annual rate of almost 8%, and Turkey is highly dependent on imports of oil, natural gas and coal to meet this increasing demand.


The government has been promoting renewable energy in an attempt to reduce the high import bill. Turkey has a vast solar energy potential with 2,640 hours of insolation per year and 380 terrawatt hours of output potential.


The license application process was launched in May 2012 sparking significant interest from the global industry. Notwithstanding a one-year solar radiation measurement requirement as a condition to the license applications, more than 600 interested parties reportedly applied to the Directorate of Meteorology to initiate the solar measurement process. The Directorate of Meteorology is responsible for the control and evaluation of measurement data and, in late March 2013, it shortened the evaluation process following the measurement period from 30 days to 10 days, which reportedly enabled some 200 more entities to apply for a license who would otherwise not be able to complete the one-year measurement requirement.

License applications must pertain to a specific site.


Generators must first get an authorization from the Directorate of Meteorology to set up a measurement station on the site and then submit to the Energy Market Regulatory Authority or EMRA measuring data of at least one year, including an on-site measurement conducted for at least six months. Once the on-site data has been secured by the applicant, the data pertaining to the remainder of the one-year period may be obtained from meteorology stations of the Directorate of Meteorology.


When EMRA announced the deadline for solar power license applications, it also set out some terms and conditions for licensing. For instance, agricultural lands have not been made available for solar power investments: a maximum of two hectares can be allocated for each one megawatt project, and the total annual solar radiation cannot be less than 1,620 kWh/ m2. EMRA did not specify the technology to be used by the generators; therefore, license holders are free to choose the appropriate technology (photovoltaic or concentrating solar power). Applicants must also fulfill various general licensing preconditions.

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CSUN invests $50 mln in Turkey's first solar cell plant

CSUN invests $50 mln in Turkey's first solar cell plant | Solar Turkey |
The China Sunergy Company (CSUN) a leading manufacturer of solar cells and modules closely affiliated with the renowned China Electrical Equipment Group (CEEG) -- has invested $50 million in Turkey's first solar cell production center in İstanbul. 

The plant was established to supply the growing Turkish and European solar market and to be closer to its European customers, a company statement said.

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Central Anatolian district of Karapınar is set to be Turkey’s energy hub

Energy producers are rushing to the Central Anatolian district of Karapınar in an effort to cash in on Turkey’s second largest coal reserves, as well as sunny fields that present ample opportunity for solar power. 

Some 57 companies – most of them foreign consortiums – have already started queries on the 60 million-meter-square area that has designated as a special energy area by the government, Karapınar Mayor Mehmet Mugayıtoğlu recently told Anatolia news agency.

The district in Konya, which was once a source of migrants in the 1960s, is forging a future as an energy production hub of Turkey.

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry announced in January that it had discovered 1.8 billion tons of lignite reserves in the province, enough to fuel a thermal power station generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity for 30 to 40 years.

Mugayıtoğlu said the studies to establish a power plant there were continuing. 

“A coal power plant producing 4.8 million megawatts will be established under the build-operate model,” he said. 

In March, Turkish officials said a Saudi firm had applied for the construction of a coal-fired power station in Karapınar and that they expected to see Turkish companies do so as well.

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Turkey Joins the Solar Wagon With a Massive Rooftop Array

Turkey Joins the Solar Wagon With a Massive Rooftop Array | Solar Turkey |

Much ado has been made of the great solarization of Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, but Turkey has made some sun-powered progress too. And the most recent development in the south is also the country’s largest.


Solimpeks is in the process of installing a 500kWp photovoltaic plant on Mercan Mermer’s roof. A well-established stone manufacturing plant in Burdur, the company commissioned the rooftop array in order to reduce its operating costs. All prepped with mounting sets, the roof awaits 2,120 Panasonic HIT N235 modules, which are expected to produce a total of 900,000 kWh of clean energy every year.


Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa region that have installed large scale solar plants have turned to either Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) or hybrid systems that rely on natural gas to buttress CSP. There’s Kuraymat in Egypt and the recently inaugurated Shams 1 just outside of Abu Dhabi.


Saudi Arabia recently completed a tiny 3.5MW PV plant as baby steps towards its overall plan to spend a whopping $109 billion on solar by 2032.

But photovoltaic technology has come a long way since Egypt and Abu Dhabi first commissioned their CSP plants.


Panasonic’s HIT N235 modules are particularly well-suited to hot climates and boast an improved cell efficiency up to 21.6 percent. New anti-reflection glass reduces scattering of incoming light and these modules are designed to soak up more of the morning and evening sun.


Solimpeks has recently entered into a new agreement to distribute Panasonic products in Turkey and the Mercan Mermer plant is their first gig. They started big.


Commissioned in April for an estimated May completion date, the PV array will cost in the region of €850,000. And unlike residential systems that allow homeowners to feed energy back into the grid, the stone factory is expected to use every watt for its own operations.


“The project has been designed to maximise energy usage rather than attract FiT [Feed in Tariffs,]” Solimpeks Director Daniel Barber told Green Prophet. ”We would envisage that MM uses all solar generated energy.”


With 35 years experience in the solar industry, Solimpeks is no newcomer to the field. In addition to various solar thermal projects, they are presently promoting their new hybrid Solar PV and Thermal technology - PowerVolt & PowerTherm.


We can expect to see more of them in Turkey, and hopefully elsewhere in the region. The solar industry is officially on fire.

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Saudi Arabia plans to export solar energy to Europe via Turkey

Saudi Arabia plans to export solar energy to Europe via Turkey | Solar Turkey |

Saudi Arabia is going to export solar energy to Europe via Turkey, the Turkish Sabah newspaper reported on Saturday with reference to a source in the Energy Ministry of Turkey.


According to the newspaper, currently negotiations are underway between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Turkey.


Saudi Arabia intends to export solar energy through two routes - through Turkey to Europe, and through North Africa to Spain and Italy.


Earlier, Vice President of Renewable Energy of Saudi Arabia Khalid Al Sulaiman said that the issue of export of solar energy to Europe is under consideration.

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Turkey to Install 4GW of Solar PV by 2017

Turkey to Install 4GW of Solar PV by 2017 | Solar Turkey |

ClearSky Advisors finds that cumulative installations are poised to surpass 4 GW by the end of 2017 in its recently released report covering Turkey’s solar PV market. Recent decreases in installed costs and high electricity prices paid by large electricity customers will drive PV demand without the need for additional incentives.


Solar PV activity in Turkey has recently reached a frantic pace in anticipation of near-term growth. In June of this year, Turkey’s Electricity Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) will begin accepting bids for PV production licenses for projects larger than 1 MW. A total of 600 MW of licenses is expected to be awarded by the end of 2013. Although these projects would represent a significant amount of solar PV capacity, many industry participants are looking toward unlicensed PV production – available to projects smaller than 1 MW – as the biggest opportunity.


Introduced in 2005 and amended several times since then, Law#5346 “Law on Utilization of Renewable Energy Sources For the Purpose of Generating Electrical Energy” includes provisions that allow for electricity consumers to offset their electricity bills through the installation of a solar PV system smaller than 1MW. Given the high tariff rates paid by large electricity consumers in Turkey and the recent decreases in installed costs that allow for commercial-scale systems to be installed for under $2.00/W, this legislation has garnered significant attention.


Large electricity customers in Turkey (those that consume more than 25,000 kWh annually) can choose to pay the regulated tariff set by the Turkish Electricity Distribution Company (TEDAS), or bypass the distribution network and purchase electricity either from the spot market or directly from electricity producers. While bypassing TEDAS typically affords consumers 10%-15% savings on their electricity bill, spot market prices can still reach as high as $0.23/kWh. At these rates the economic incentive afforded by installing a commercial-scale PV system is significant, and many are clamouring to take advantage of the potential savings.


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Turkey to install 100 MW of PV in 2013

Turkey to install 100 MW of PV in 2013 | Solar Turkey |

The Turkish solar photovoltaic (PV) market is being driven by the competitive cost of solar power more than by other incentives, Solarbuzz (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) explains.


The latest market developments in Turkey support Solarbuzz’ recent forecast for 2013 PV demand, as featured in ‘Marketbuzz 2013’, of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). This forecast is based upon the emerging competitive economic terms being recognized, Solarbuzz notes.


Electricity purchase avoidance is driving private company investments

PV installations within Turkey are being realized according to the terms of February 2012 legislation exempting production license requirements for installations less than 500 kW, a limit soon to be raised to 1 MW.


High solar insolation (1,900 Peak Sun Hours/Year) and low installed system prices (including 15% margin to the sole provider) help deliver a remarkable PV LCOE (assuming 6% discount rate), Solarbuzz states. Electricity purchase avoidance aims are currently driving private company investments.

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Turkish President Gül urges adoption of low-carbon economy

Turkish President Gül urges adoption of low-carbon economy | Solar Turkey |

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has urged the creation of a low-carbon economy that is built on renewable energy resources, thereby reducing the share of fossil fuels, during the opening speech of the Solar Energy For World Peace Congress that started today in Istanbul.

“It is clear that the transition into a low-carbon economy can only be made with new investments supported by high funding and additional infrastructure facilities. No doubt, solar energy will play a key role in this transition,” Gül said, calling for closer cooperation in a global scale.

He also emphasized that such cooperation on sharing energy resources and would enhance peace. “The works that we have undertaken on solar energy have a crucial importance in terms of the fight against famine, economic development, welfare and energy security, which would solidify world peace. As governments, we are well aware of our responsibilities,” Gül said, emphasizing that his presence at the congress was proof of the importance that he personally conferred on solar energy.

“We have to improve the international cooperation that would ensure that we create synergy needed to open the way on the efficient use of solar energy. Hopefully, thanks to events such as this conference, we can see important openings in the development of solar energy technologies," he said.

Two Nobel Prize laureates, including Alan J. Heeger, a prominent scientist expert in solar cells, and Walter Kohn, who is working on the design of a world powered predominantly by solar and wind energies, were also among the speakers. 

Many other scientists in many fields and technology experts will gather and share their knowledge to debate on ways to better use solar energy.

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Turkish Solar Energy Capacity Gets a Big Boost

Turkish Solar Energy Capacity Gets a Big Boost | Solar Turkey |

From the small, ancient Turkish town of Burdur comes exciting news in solar today.

Burdur happens to be one of the oldest settlements in the world, dating back to 7000 BC, centred around a spectacular lake.  How ironic that such a place has become home to the largest roof mounted solar system in this country, which thus far has rarely featured in the world of solar. According to the EPIA, Turkey had an installed capacity of around 16MW in 2012, but could leap to between 60 and 250MW by the end of this year, on the back of a desperate need for new capacity.

Installed in May this year and recently commissioned, the 495kW roof top project adds more than 3% to National PV capacity and was developed by a consortium including Turkish based Solimpeks (who also have an office here focused on PV Hybrid products), Panasonic and local project manager Seiso Solar.

With an average of 2,640 hours of sunshine a year, Turkey offers excellent conditions for solar energy. At the same time, however, the dry, hot climate can cause module performance to drop. “HIT modules are based on a sandwich construction of hybrid monocrystalline wafers coated with a thin amorphous silicon,” explained Daniel Roca, Business Developer Solar with Panasonic. “Thanks to their special technology, they offer a temperature coefficient of -0,29%/°C – performing considerably better at high temperatures than other, conventional crystalline silicon modules“

The energy is used by a local marble factory, an energy intensive industry which the region is famous for. Turkey released  new regulations which loosened up license requirements for power generation up to 1 MW, a lesson Australian regulators could learn much from if we are to see more large-scale PV in our country. Turkey currently offers approximately 0,10 €/kWh for any excess that is fed into the grid; slightly higher than what most business pay for electricity according to 2011 statistics we found on European electricity pricing.

Now, to just work out how to get some solar made, Turkish marble into Australia, my backyard and build an eco turkish bath, heated with PVT!

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SCHMID sells 150 MW of PV module production lines to Turkish customer

SCHMID sells 150 MW of PV module production lines to Turkish customer | Solar Turkey |

The SCHMID Group (Freudenstadt, Germany) sold three solar photovoltaic (PV) module production lines to a customer in Turkey at the recent Intersolar Europe trade show.

The three lines have the capacity to produce 150 MW of PV modules annually, and will be delivered in the second half of 2013. Schmid notes the excellent position of Turkish PV manufacturers.

“They benefit from an attractive local market and the easy access to Middle Eastern and South-Western Asian markets,” notes SHMID Module Business Unit VP Günter Bauer. “Furthermore with the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese modules, their market position in Europe is improving.”

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Turkey: Whopping 9GW of Solar Projects Submitted in Five Days

Turkey: Whopping 9GW of Solar Projects Submitted in Five Days | Solar Turkey |


While political unrest continues to simmer in Turkey, elsewhere business continues apace. The country recently invited expressions of interest to participate in a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) clean energy pricing scheme for solar energy generation projects larger than 1MW. Within a mere five days, 500 applications poured in.


Turkey is better off than many Middle Eastern countries in terms of its energy supply, but the government is still keen to ensure that by 2023, 30 percent of its generation capacity will be derived from clean sources.

Nearly 500 applications were sent to the Turkish Energy Regulatory Authority (EPDK) in the first five days of the application period.


Licensing for this round caps out at 600MW, which means the interest that came, surprisingly, from mostly local, Turkish investors, eclipses the cap by 15 times, PV magazine reports.


One of the applicants Ertug Babatas, business developer at Germany’s Enerparc AG, told the paper that only five percent of the applications received came from foreigners.


And those companies that did submit project proposals are so organized that many of them had pre-arranged financing. This is a good sign for the future of solar energy in Turkey.


“Meanwhile, the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) is expected to soon publish the list of grid connection points and capacity of all the projects on its website and announce the date, place and time for the tender,” writes PV magazine.


And 30 days later, per the country’s tender regulations, the tendering process will begin. Turkey’s standard FIT is US$0.133/kWh.

While several small and medium-sized solar energy projects have popped up throughout Turkey, this is the first serious effort to transition to a cleaner energy future.

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Turkey: over 3 GW of projects submitted for licensing

Turkey: over 3 GW of projects submitted for licensing | Solar Turkey |

Turkey continues to attract much attention from the international photovoltaic industry, as the first rounds of the licensing program for larger projects closed today. According to information provided to pv magazine by Enerparc, the Turkish Energy Regulatory Authority (EPDK) has received over 3 GW of applications for licenses for larger projects throughout the week, far exceeding the 600 MW cap set by the EPDK for the first round of licenses.


Licensing rounds began on Monday of this week and closed on Friday.

According to Stefan Müller from Enerparc, the successful project license applications will be assessed and selected by EPDK over the next 30 days. Müller told pv magazine that he understands that during this period the final bidding specifications and requirements will also be published by EPDK.


Larger projects are defined by EPDK as being any one larger than 1 MW. pv magazine understands that it remains unclear as to whether licenses will be granted to the lowest-cost bidder, in a reverse auction, or will involve a fixed FIT and agreement with the off taking utility.


The standard Turkish photovoltaic FIT is US$0.133/kWh, with a local content premium being paid additionally.


The licensing rounds began Monday and closed today. Matthias Kittler, from cleantech advisors Apricum, told pv magazine that even on the first day of the license application process projects exceeding 1.4 GW in capacity, have been submitted.


The list of applicants being considered by the EPDK, published today, reveals that no foreign investors or developers are listed. Around 450 project applications have been published on the EPDK list.

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China Sunergy beings shipping solar modules from Turkey

China Sunergy beings shipping solar modules from Turkey | Solar Turkey |

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: CSUN), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, announced that it has begun shipping solar modules from its plant in Istanbul, Turkey, and will deliver a total of approximately 6.4MW from mid-June to August 2013 to a well-known French customer.


China Sunergy currently has a total production capacity of 100MW in solar cells and 300MW in solar modules at its Turkey facility. Being the Company's second largest production base, the plant will enhance the Company's global production chain and efficiently serve customers across Europe and globally.Mr. Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy said, "We are very delighted to announce our first contract win from Europe for the Turkey plant.


The modules will be shipped directly from Istanbul, Turkey to France, which marks a significant milestone in our enhanced global production chain, as we believe our Turkey plant provides us with an effective buffer against the negative impact due to Europe's anticipated anti-dumping tariffs.


We believe there are enormous demands for clean, green and affordable around the world, and we will continue to focus on technology innovation, to provide the most efficient and reliable solutions to our customers." China Sunergy

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Turkey’s largest PV module manufacturing plant commissioned

Turkey’s largest PV module manufacturing plant commissioned | Solar Turkey |

China Sunergy Co. (CSUN), in partnership with Turkish Seul Enerji, has commissioned Turkey’s largest photovoltaic (PV) module and cell production plant in the Tuzla district of the country’s economic capital, Istanbul.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Taner Yildiz, said that Turkey was intent on utilizing its clean energy sources, solar being one of the most abundant.

“Power generation using solar resources is taking off globally. Turkey supports the photovoltaic industry by offering premium rates in its feed-in tariff for the users of locally manufactured equipment” the Minister said, adding that the CSUN Eurasia Solar Production Facility will be supplying the Turkish, Chinese and the EU markets.

Currently only solar modules are being produced at the factory with cell production scheduled to start in the coming months. The plant will have a production capacity of 300 MW, according to CSUN Enerji Yatirim CEO, Egemen Seymen, who said that CSUN was aiming to export to European markets.

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China Sunergy opens PV module factory in Turkey

China Sunergy opens PV module factory in Turkey | Solar Turkey |

China Sunergy Co. (CSUN) has opened a photovoltaic module manufacturing plant in the Trade Free Zone of Tuzla, in the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey.


The solar module line located in the outskirts of the Turkish capital, has a production capacity of 120 MW and is currently the largest of its kind in the country. CSUN will expand the facility’s production capacity to 300 MW by the end of the year the latest, according to Steve Shen, CSUN Eurasia chairman.


At present time, just modules are being produced but cell manufacturing could start within the next months. But this will depend on the European Union’s decision on the anti-dumping import duties for Chinese solar products.


Another business aspect that still has to be decided is the production of wafers and ingots, according to Jonathan Pickering, Vice-President of Global Business Development & Marketing. This will strongly depend on the demands and needs of target markets such as Saudi Arabia, which are supposed to be supplied by the Turkish CSUN factory.

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Solar tower at Mersin

Solar tower at Mersin | Solar Turkey |

Turkey which is foreign dependent to a huge extent in energy is taking significant steps regarding “renewable energy.”

Recently, I have noticed that I am coming across visionary people more frequently who invest in “renewable energy” in a wide spectrum from geothermal to wind energy.

One of them is engineer Serdar Erturan who has worked in the solar energy sector of the United States for long years.

An expert in thermodynamics, Serdar Erturan, has been involved, for the past 15 years, with Research and Development and design in companies operating in the field of solar energy. For the past seven years, he has focused on the concentrated solar power (CSP) system that can only be found in the United States, Spain and Israel.

Then one day, he has got a mad idea of, adopting the CPS system that is installed at the top of a tower built by light material, “on Turkey which is located on the world’s important solar belt.”

Erturan’s Turkey venture began with Yılsan Holding noticing and appreciating his “CPS Solar Tower” project. Yılsan Holding has a 60-year past operating in hydroelectric, wind and geothermal fields in Turkey.

Erturan and Yılsan Holding first founded the Greenway Company that would conduct the project, and then they start searching for a location to erect the tower.

This part of the story is quite interesting because Erturan started locating hunting in sunny spots in Turkey.

He visits the organized industrial zones in Antalya, Adana, Isparta, Karaman and Burdur and techno parks in universities in vain.

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Turkey's first local solar tower built in southern city

Turkey's first local solar tower built in southern city | Solar Turkey |

Turkish energy company Greenway has completed the construction of Turkey’s first “concentrated solar power tower plant” (CSP) in the southern province of Mersin, which is located on one of the world’s major Sun Belt areas.

The plant, which has been built with an investment of $50 million by Greenway with the support of Turkey’s science watchdog TÜBİTAK and the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV), generates 5 MW of thermal power, equivalent to the energy requirement of 1,500 houses.

“Turkey is located on a major sun belt and is lucky compared to many countries that develop technology in this field,” Co-founder of Greenway and Project Management Director Serdar Erturan said in a statement. 

Erturan noted that major world powers had been placing a special focus on solar power plants as a substantial power generation source in response to the increasing energy demand due to rising technological needs.The plant is used as one of the most efficient methods to convert solar power to electricity across the world. While it’s one of its kind in Turkey, it also marks many firsts in the world.

There are similar tower type plants in Spain, Israel and the U.S., and the Greenway Mersin CSP stands out for its wireless communication system as well as its lego type design, which enables easy transfer, installation and easy access to the site.

The plant utilizes only water and solar light, and by focusing solar energy over the tower, it enables reaching high temperatures. Reflective panels consist of unique glass mirrors and system components and energy production processes contain only environment friendly materials. The only output of the system is the high pressure steam.

“Thanks to hybrid and compact systems that lower costs to competitive levels and are not dependent on external sources in technological terms, it is possible to generate energy from renewable energy sources, at high outputs and competitive prices,” Erturan said.

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Solar-Fabrik equipped the largest solar plant in Turkey

Solar-Fabrik equipped the largest solar plant in Turkey | Solar Turkey |

German manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has supplied modules supplies and inverters for a 250kW solar plant in Torbali, in the province of Izmir in Turkey.

The Torbali project represents what it is said the largest solar plant in Turkey installed on the logistics company Reysas’ rooftop.


The flat rooftop system became operational in March and consists of 1,044 solar modules factory type Premium L poly.


The 250 kWp solar plant is estimated to produce 470 MWh of clean electricity per year.


The project was constructed under collaboration between Solar-Fabrik and its Turkish venture Altungrup Solar Enerji after receiving permission from Ankara.


Turkey receives 1311kWh/m2 of solar radiation annually. The generated electricity will be purchased under a fixed base rate of 13.3 cents per kWh.


Turkey is planning to install about 600 MWp by 2015.

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Turkey's largest solar plant built

Turkey's largest solar plant built | Solar Turkey |

Turkey's largest solar power plant with a capacity of 500 kilowatts was built in the province of Burdur, Zaman newspaper reported on Tuesday.


The plant was built under a Turkish-Japanese joint venture and owned by Turkish Seiso Enerji A.S and Japanese Panasonic. Production at the plant located in an area of 2500 square kilometres will start by the end of this year.

The solar power plant will serve the Mercan Mermer A.S Company for the production of marble.


According to the newspaper, Turkey which has recently been focused on the production of electricity from renewable energy sources has issued some more licenses for the construction of solar power plants. The country plans to complete the construction of several solar power plants with a total capacity of 70 MW by the end of this year.


In early 2014, Turkey will also start construction of solar power plants with a total capacity of 600 megawatts.


Earlier, the Turkish government stated that private sector projects aimed at producing electricity from renewable energy sources will be partially funded by the state.

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