Turkey lines up for potential second wind and solar tenders
Turkish companies with an interest in renewable generation may be expected to submit site measurement data by the end of the year, as the regulator is expected to hold a second round of tenders for wind and solar capacity.
The tenders may be held in December 2014, and follow a successful first round that saw applications for 78GW of wind and 9GW of solar generation. The market’s interest exceeded by far the tendered capacity for wind and solar.
Next month the grid operator TEIAS is due to announce the applicable capacity for wind and solar generation over the next five years, just as the parliament is due to approve the new licensing code for the electricity sector, a source at TEIAS confirmed on Monday.
Earlier this year, deputy energy minister Murat Mercan said Turkey intended to develop around 7GW of offshore wind capacity, already boasting just over 2.6GW of onshore wind capacity ( see EDEM 5 February 2013 ). Turkey has added some 500MW of wind generation in 2013 to date, which already has a visible marginal effect on spot prices.
There is currently no installed solar generation, as Turkey has just tendered 600MW of photovoltaic capacity, but a senior government minister said small-scale solar installations could add 4GW of capacity in the medium term ( see EDEM 3 July 2013 ). Aura Sabadus
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