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Turkey’s Karapinar solar photovoltaic plant in Konya, a 1.35 gigawatts (GW) plant to start its operation by the end of 2022 said the Cemal Kalyoncu, the chairman of Kalyon Holding.
The current capability of the solar park is 700 MW and the company plans to expand it to 1350 MW once it begins its operation. With the help of 3000 people the plant will be constructed and it will supply power to 2 million people.
“When fully constructed, the capacity will cover an area equivalent to 2,600 football fields, will employ 3,000 people, and provide solar energy to people in Konya,” Kalyoncu said.
The solar PV plant is spread across 20 million sq m of land. The park will reduce the carbon emission of 1.5 million tonnes every year. This is biggest solar power plant of the Europe.
Kalyon Energy signed an $812 million financial deal for 12 years for this project. The agreement was signed with U.K. Export Finance (UKEF), JPMorgan Chase and 6 Turkish banks which are Denizbank, Development Investment Bank of Turkey, Garanti BBVA, Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), Işbank, and VakıfBank.