The Suoz Energy Group's solar power plant facility, which plans to have a total of 9.3 megawatts of installed capacity, has started operational testing, Suoz Energy Group CEO announced Friday.
During a news conference in Kusadasi in the Aydin province on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, CEO Berk Ucuran Ciller said the Kusadasi GES solar facility would generate around 15,700 megawatt-hours of electricity annually when fully operational.
He said the facility, built in a 110,000 square-meter facility in Kusadasi, would supply electricity for 5,000 households in the region.
Commenting on the group's further investments, Ciller said they are preparing for the announcement of the second Turkey's Renewable Energy Resources Zone (YEKA) Project for solar capacity in the upcoming months as part of the country's 100-day action plan.
The plan involves renewables through a series of tenders for solar power plants with a total capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW) with an anticipated investment of nearly $4.8 billion.
"Eighty percent our preparation for the YEKA solar tender is ready," he said, and added that the group would invest in solar projects totaling 150 megawatts in Turkey, and 700 megawatts abroad.
The Kalyon-Hanwha consortium won the first solar energy YEKA tender bid on March 20, 2017 for the construction of Turkey's biggest solar power plant in Karapinar in the Central Anatolian region at cost of $0.0699 per kilowatt-hour.
Turkey plans to supply most of its energy needs from domestic resources. The first YEKA auction for renewable energy resources was for 1,000 megawatts of installed capacity along with a production factory for photovoltaic equipment.
The solar project in Konya's Karapinar province will meet the energy needs of more than 600,000 households.
By Gulsen Cagatay