Turkey’s first integrated solar panel manufacturing facility is planned to commence in august in the Ankara industrial zone.
The investor of the project, the facility has a significant place in Turkey’s national energy policy, according to a statement by Kalyon Group.
Cemal Kalyoncu, Kalyon board chairman said that “This facility will produce the 1,000-megawatt (MW) panels for the Karapınar solar power plant. The plant will be built using 70% locally sourced components. When the Karapınar plant is operational, the share of solar energy in Turkey’s electricity production will increase by 20%. With the manufacture of solar panels in this facility and the electricity production in the Karapınar plant, Turkey’s annual deficit will decrease $400 million (TL 2.7 billion),”.
The group will establish a research and development center in the integrated solar panel manufacturing facility. Around 100 engineers will be employed in the center, he noted, which will play an important role in Turkey’s national technology production, he added.
It will be the first integrated solar panel manufacturing facility in Europe and the Middle East with a yearly solar panel production of 500 MW capacity .
Kalyoncu also stated that 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be prevented every year with the Karapınar solar power plant. It is planned to inaugurate the facility in August and invest approximately $1 billion in the plant.
Recently, Turkey’s minister of energy, Fatih Dönmez, has announced a programme to build back the country’s Covid-19-economy which include solar tender of 1 GW under the national Yeka (Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynak Alanları) renewable energy program.It was originally planned for april with the procurement round tendering PV projects ranging from 10-50 MW capacity across 40 nation’s provinces and is due to be staged during the next quarter.