Increase by 1GW! Turkey plans to increase solar installed capacity in 2022

Nov 04, 2021

According to local daily newspaper Yeni Shafak, Turkey will increase the share of renewable energy in energy production starting from 2022

The report added that the highest capacity growth in 2022 is expected to occur in the field of solar production, which is about 1,000MW (1GW).

The 2023 strategic plan of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources aims to increase the proportion of renewable energy in total electricity production capacity from 59% to 65%.

In Turkey's total installed capacity of 100,000 MW, renewable energy has reached 54,000 MW. Recently, Turkey reached the 10GW wind energy milestone.

Cem Ozkok, chairman of the GUYAD Renewable Energy Investors Association, said that Turkey is extremely rich in natural resources, domestic resources, and renewable resources, such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal.

Ozkok emphasized that "Turkey wants to meet half of our electricity demand through renewable energy, and the ratio of our installed capacity to existing capacity must be at least 70%. This means about 35% of non-HEPP renewable energy. In other words. In other words, the goal should be to put into operation at least 5GW of renewable energy every year."

He added that the system infrastructure should be reviewed to increase Turkey's renewable energy capacity.

Ozkok said that because these projects require a large amount of capital, foreign investors should participate in Turkey's renewable energy transformation process.

In addition, he emphasized that necessary measures and favorable legislation should be taken to promote the use of renewable energy in Turkey.

He hopes that the Glasgow Climate Summit to be held from November 1 to 12 will make effective and binding decisions. Although the goal is to maintain a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees within a century, according to current policies, the global temperature rise will reach 2.7 degrees.
"In order to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, countries need to increase their current plans by 7 times."