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Kalyon Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Technologies Factory manufactures around 1.5 million solar panels since 2019. It is one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers and the first one in Turkey.
The factory has a production capacity of 1200 megawatts which was increased from 500 megawatts in 2021. Solar panels are connected to a solar power plant in central Konya’s Karapınar district which has avoided approximately $30 million worth of natural gas.
The factory is spread across in 1.08 million square feet area in the Başkent Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ) in the capital Ankara. The unit carries 75% of the production process for wafer, module types, cells and Inglot of solar panels.
The Karapınar power plant has an installed capacity of 626 megawatts and it has generated 812,303 megawatt-hours of power till now. The aim is to have 3.5 million solar panels with a capacity of 1300 megawatts.
Ersan Tüfekçi, a member of the Kalyon Energy executive board said, “We have increased the capacity of the factory and our employees have increased to 2,100 people. With the capacity we have just established, we have become a factory that sells panels to both the power plant in Konya Karapınar and our domestic and foreign customers.”
The company was the first one outside of China to manufacture M10 type solar panels. Tüfekçi said, “there are great incentives for the use of renewable energy and green energy all over the world.”
“Kalyon branded solar panels will be available for use in large facilities in America once the process of certification is completed. We aim to sell to customers in America and Europe by the last quarter of this year,” he added.
“These developments have also increased the interest in renewable energy. Therefore, with the incentive packages that have been announced one after the other, solar energy should be popularized, especially in roof applications in residential and industrial facilities,” he concluded.