Turkey's Akfen Renewable Energy started electricity generation at the 51 megawatts (MW) first phase of the Ucpinar wind energy plant located in Canakkale province in the Marmara Region, a statement from the company said Saturday.
Turkey aims to boost investments in renewables and expand the use of domestic energy resources. A number of local and foreign companies are investing in the country's renewable and domestic resources.
As one of them, Akfen Renewable Energy plans to reach 1,000 MW of installed power capacity from domestic and renewable resources by 2020.
Akfen's total investments in renewable energy projects is expected to reach over $500 million.
In this respect, the first of the wind energy plants with 30,6 MW, the Kocalar in Canakkale, became online in March, 2019.
Following the Kocalar plant, Akfen began power production at the first part of the Ucpinar project which is expected to produce 156 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.
The first phase of the plant has 51 MW of installed capacity.
Akfen reached 406 MW electricity generation capacity thanks to the Ucpinar's first phase.
The Ucpinar wind energy plant with $143 million investment volume will have 112 MW of electricity production capacity when it goes online at full capacity in 2019.
By then, it will generate enough to meet the power need of 450,000 people.
The Hasanoba wind plant with 58 MW in Canakkale and the Denizli wind plant with 75 MW in Aegean province of Denizli will become operational by the end of this year.
Thus, the company's installed wind capacity will reach 275 MW while the total installed capacity will rise to 632 MW by the end of 2019.
Turkey's current installed wind capacity reached 7,369 MW by the end of 2019, an increase of 7.2% year on year. The country ranked sixth among the European continent's 38 countries, including Russia and Ukraine, with an addition of 467 MW of installed wind capacity in 2018.
By Nuran Erkul Kaya