130MWp Turkish solar project nears commissioning

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Spanish solar tracker provider PV Hardware (PVH) has successfully assembled panels for a 130MWp solar project in Turkey. Developed in collaboration with Turkish energy company Inojen, the YEKA-4 solar project is part of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources’ YEKA initiative, launched last year to promote large power generation plants based on sustainable energy sources.

Project status and timeline

130MWp Turkish solar project nears commissioning
PVH trackers in a solar plant. Image source: PVH (handout)

PVH, expecting the project to be operational before 2024, highlighted its significant role in the Turkish solar tracker manufacturing and distribution market, controlling approximately 90%. Alvaro Casado, the global commercial director of PVH, emphasized the vital partnership between PVH and Inojen, considering it a model for strategic collaboration that could be replicated in other regions to achieve similar growth.

In October, Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar stated that Turkey aims to install 5GW of solar and wind capacity annually until 2035. Rystad Energy analyst Nishant Kumar expressed the view that while the goal is ambitious by 2027, it is achievable in the medium and long term, post-2027 and post-2032, respectively. However, challenges such as the availability of necessary infrastructure need to be addressed for the successful addition of such large-scale solar capacity.

Similar projects by PVH

Before the Turkish project, PVH had secured a 230MW PV tracker supply deal for a project in Egypt in October. Additionally, the company announced plans to complete a 6GW tracker manufacturing facility in Texas by October 2023.

In a recent announcement, PVH confirmed the completion of panel assembly for a 130MWp solar farm in Turkey. The solar park, known as Nigde Bor Solar and located in Nigde, central Turkey, is part of the fourth round of Turkey’s Renewable Energy Resources Zone tender program (YEKA). The project is aligned with Turkey’s goal to achieve 10GW of operational solar power by 2027.

The YEKA-4 solar project, developed in collaboration with renewables company Ecogreen Energy, is expected to achieve full capacity before 2024. General Electric, a US industrial conglomerate, is also involved in the project’s development, providing its Flexinverter Solar Power Station. The successful completion of the YEKA-4 solar project marks another milestone for PVH in its commitment to advancing solar energy initiatives on a global scale.

Key players involved

About PVH

PVH is a leading and experienced provider of innovative trackers, structures and SCADA solutions for utility-scale PV solar plants worldwide. PVH has it’s own manufacturing capacity and has supplied and installed solar trackers and structures on solar plants in multiple markets worldwide, earning the experience necessary to successfully manage solar tracker installations of any capacity, at any location.

About Ecogreen Energy

Eco Green Energy is a leading manufacturer of solar panels based in Nantong, Jiangsu, China with their sales and marketing office located in Shanghai. Founded in 2008 and has become the leading French solar brand, which is distributed in more than 72 countries.

In 2015, the company invested in the manufacturing base of solar modules and other devices in Nantong, Jiangsu, China. They pursue to deliver Qualité Française in each detail, their PV modules go from 10W to 605W (M12 12BB) with up to 21.40% efficiency. Through the years, we have reached +72 Worldwide distributors, +92 New Clients, and EPC and also installed more than 2GW capacity globally.

About General Electric

General Electric Company (GE) is an American multinational conglomerate founded in 1892 and incorporated in the state of New York and headquartered in Boston. The company has several divisions, including aerospace, power, renewable energy, digital industry, additive manufacturing, and venture capital and finance.

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