Turkiye takes firm steps forward in renewable energy

Alparslan Bayraktar, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, stated that 54.5% of Turkiye’s installed power in electricity is supplied from renewable energy sources.

Alparslan Bayraktar, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, in his speech at the Turkiye Photovoltaic Technologies Platform PV Technologies Workshop organized by the Middle East Technical University Solar Energy Research and Application Center (ODTU-GUNAM), reminded that Turkiye has reached an important stage in the increase of additional installed power in the world in the last 5 years and has risen to the 7th rank.

Pointing out that global emissions have been prevented with the developments in the field of renewable energy and its widespread use, Bayraktar said, “The programs we have developed with tariff guarantees and other incentive mechanisms are of great importance in the development of the solar energy sector, which has reached an important position and has a bright future. The efficient and effective use of renewable energy resources by establishing large-scale renewable energy projects, especially in the areas we have chosen, and the Renewable Energy Resource Areas (YEKA) model, which aims at this, is an indicator of a holistic vision covering domestic production and R&D. Currently, 54.5% of Turkiye’s installed power in electricity comes from renewable energy sources, and the developments in this area are reflected in electricity production. At the end of last year, we have provided 15 terawatt-hours of electricity, which corresponds to about 5% of the total production, from the sun.”

Emphasizing that Europe’s first and only integrated photovoltaic solar power plant was established thanks to the YEKA model, Bayraktar stated that Turkiye has become competitive with almost the total capacity of Europe in terms of photovoltaic module production capacity.

Emphasis on domestic production

Bayraktar explained that Turkiye’s dependence on foreign energy, which is one of the most important macroeconomic stalemates, and the energy import brought by it is only possible by increasing domestic production in fuel and technology.

Stating that efforts continue at this point, Bayraktar said:

“Our President announced the Net Zero emission target in 2053. We made our first assessments about the work that we have to do, especially in the energy sector, in order for Turkiye to become a carbon-neutral economy. In this context, when Turkiye comes to 2035, we aim to reach 53 thousand megawatts of solar, approximately 30 thousand megawatts of wind, 7,200 megawatts of nuclear and 7500 megawatts of storage capacity. To talk about it in the longer term, Turkiye needs to put into practice 5,000 megawatt solar power plants every year for the next 30 years. In this context, we are working on the Solar Energy Technologies Action Plan together with METU-GÜNAM in cooperation with TENMAK. We see that GUNAM will grow with each passing day and assume an important function, we support it.”

Source: Trthaber / Prepared by Irem Yildiz

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