03 Apr Insights from Country Visit: Turkey
Turkey was the first country reviewed in January 2020 via direct contacts with high-level officials from TSO, Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The key outcome was that STE is known in Turkey and potential interest exists, not only for electricity generation but also for other applications. The reported prevailing considerations that may trigger investments in concentrated solar technologies (CST) in Turkey were:
- The need to reduce energy dependency in Turkey
- The intention to improve the system adequacy (limited interconnections for importing energy to balance the system)
- The demonstration of the added value delivered by CST (flexibility of delivery)
- The capitalisation on existing technological capabilities in Turkey
- The evaluation of the basic criteria (land, water access, etc..) to be considered to issue a tender suitable to attract CST projects
- Progressive localisation of components supplies along the CST value chain towards aiming at establishing a novel industry sector in the country / region
A complementary industry-focused event is expected to be held on 7-9 July within the framework of SolarEX in Istanbul.
A complete Country Report on Turkey will be soon available.
Photo above: Meeting with Mr. Can, Head of Department of Energy Efficiency and Environment / Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources