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Turkey’s solar industry has just come out of its best year so far, adding about 1.7 GW of new PV capacity in 2017. Some peculiar characteristics of the Turkish PV market remain, however.
The Turkish Solar Energy Society, Solarbaba tellspv magazinethe country installed around 1.7 GW of new solar PV capacity in 2017.
Of this, Ates Ugurel, founder of Turkey’s Solarbaba, says, roughly 99% belongs to the so-called unlicensed segment of the solar market, with just 15 MW added via the licensed market, which comprises tendered PV plants larger than 1 MW. In 2016 and 2015, Turkey added just 571MW and 248.8MW
of new capacity, respectively. By the end of 2017, Turkey’s cumulative solar PV capacity stood at 2.647 GW.
2018 is a crucial year
A year ago, Ugurel toldpv magazinethat 2017 would be a strong year for Turkey's solar industry,
due to the capacity of approved non-licensed projects, which he calculated to be “between 1.5 GW to 2.5 GW at most.” The newly added PV capacity in 2017 confirms Ugural’s initial calculations.
At the time, he also said growth in 2018 onwards might be at risk, due to a spike in the fee for unlicensed projects, which have to pay power distribution companies for transporting the generated solar power.
Tendered licenses remain dormant
A characteristic of the Turkish PV market in both 2017 and 2016, is that a negligible amount of the 600 MW of tendered PV capacityhas been installed.
Specifically, just 15 MW and 13.3 MW of licensed PV capacity was installed in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
A reason for this, according to Ugurel, is that a lot of the licensed projects face “huge problems with land development, environmental impact assessment”, among other issues.
Other analysts have pointed out that successful projects in the 600MW tender need to pay a one-time contribution fee per installed MW, and this fee, which was the result of the tender process, is often very high, thus leading to dormant projects.
A good 90% of the ground-mounted PV projects, which were awarded a contract in the third round of Germany's tenders program for large-scale solar, has been implemented and has applied for funding on time, according to the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).
Source: PV Magazine
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