By 2025, Turkey will increase its renewable energy production capacity to 66.8 GW; To be among the top five European countries with the highest production capacity in clean energy, with an increase of 22.2 gigawatts.
According to the International Energy Agency report, Turkey’s production of renewable energy reached 44.6 gigawatts at the end of last year, 28.5 gigawatts of which were hydroelectric power, 7.58 gigawatts of wind energy, and 6 gigawatts of solar energy.
By the end of this year, Turkey’s renewable energy production capacity will reach 47.3 GW; And 1.1 gigawatts of production capacity will be added to hydropower.
It will also add 720 megawatts in wind energy and 680 megawatts in solar energy, in addition to the activation of 100 megawatts of biomass energy and 70 megawatts of geothermal energy.
With the production capacity reaching 66.8 gigawatts by the end of 2025, Turkey is ranked fifth in Europe in increasing its production capacity in renewable energy and twelfth in the world.
The largest increase during that period will be the share of solar energy; By the end of 2025, the production capacity will reach 16.8 gigawatts, an increase of 10.8 gigawatts over the end of last year.
Wind capacity will increase by 146 percent (5.2 gigawatts) to 12.8 gigawatts, and hydropower capacity will increase by 17.5 percent (5 gigawatts) to 33.5 gigawatts,
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Haimi Bahar, an analyst at the International Energy Agency, said that Turkey has continued construction work on wind power plants despite the Covid-19 epidemic.
He added that investors are trying to complete the implementation of their projects before the date of next December 31, which is the date set for the end of the mechanism for supporting areas of renewable energy sources, indicating that this date has been extended to June 31, 2021.
He explained that 270 to 900 megawatts will be added to the increase in wind energy production this year, and 1000 megawatts next year.
He pointed out that the Renewable Energy Support Mechanism Program had ended, and that no clarifications had been provided regarding the new program, which had caused some uncertainty in the sector.
He continued, “Changing policies is the biggest difficulty facing projects all over the world, not only in Turkey. Turkey is one of the cheapest countries currently in wind energy, and given these prices and potential production capacity, I can say that we will witness remarkable growth in the sector.”
Bahar pointed out that 2020 will be a transitional year in the solar energy sector, and that the production capacity is expected to reach 1,000 megawatts in 2021.
He added that the project to support small spaces for renewable energy sources will be an important progress for Turkey in solar energy from different places through solar energy stations on the roofs.
He continued, “There are large projects that will be completed and thus Turkey’s road will be open to the sun .. The prices of tenders in solar energy in Turkey have become very competitive and cheap compared to Europe.”
Regarding the general landscape of the renewable energy sector in the world, Bahar said that the production of renewable energy this year will achieve record numbers.
He pointed out that the renewable energy sector continued to grow even in the most difficult periods of the Covid-19 epidemic, and that it would continue its activity and growth during the second wave of the epidemic, and that investor desire in the sector was still great.