IBC Solar expects PV installations of up to 1.5 GW in Turkey in 2017 – higher grid fees in 2018

1/30/17, 1:00 PM -

IBC Solar is anticipating a build of up to 1,5 GW of photovoltaic systems in Turkey in 2017, despite the complicated licensing process. Next year the feed-in-tariff will be lowered by around 25 percent.

The ground-mounted 1.1 MW PV installation in Eskişehir will produce 1.7 million kWh of solar power per year for grid feed-in.

Company speaker Christina Pfeufer told pv Europe: "We expect an expansion between 1 and 1.5 GW for the Turkish PV market in 2017. The physical and climatic conditions - with irradiation values of 1,500-2,000 KWh / m² in the southern regions - are, of course, encouraging for market development. In addition, the attractive feed-in tariff (FIT) of currently 13.3 US dollar cents per kWh spurs the market.

Increased grid fees in 2018 – lower FIT

Unfortunately, this feed-in tariff will be severely affected by the increase in grid fees from 2018, and will then only be around 10 US cents / kWh. An inhibiting factor is certainly the fact that you need licenses for the construction of large PV plants in Turkey. These licenses are requested from the competent authority for energy regulation and require extensive documentation and safety services. All of this takes considerable time.“

1.1 MW solar park in Eskişehir completed

Recently IBC SOLAR Turkeyhas completed a solar park with a total capacity of 1.1 MW in Eskişehir/Anatolia.The produced amount of approx. 1.7 million kWh solar power per year will be fed into the public grid. The investor is Sarar & Ilgazlar Partnership. The PV system in Eskişehir is one of the biggest projects completed by IBC Solar Turkey in 2016.

Increasing O&M services

IBC Solar will also provide operations and maintenance services (O&M) for the PV plant. “O&M services are vital for the longterm performance of PV power plants, the compliance with the targeted productivity levels and the continuous return of investment under all climate conditions. Thus, our O&M services are increasingly preferred by our investors and customers”, says IBC SOLAR Turkey General Manager Bülent Yildiz.

Local franchise partner

IBC Solar Turkey is collaborating with its local franchise partner Demir Engineering for an effective post-implementation support and service of the system in Eskişehir. The standard service package includes plant monitoring, troubleshooting support and preventive maintenance services, as well as green space maintenance and reporting. IBC SOLAR can also provide an optional performance guarantee for the complete PV system. (HCN)

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