Turkey Chooses Wind for Its Renewable Energy Needs

In order to meet Turkey’s growing energy demand, Turkey has chosen to exploit its wind as a new energy source. According to Wind Force 2005/European Commission Study, Turkey has a wind potential of 88,000 megawatts (MW), the second most powerful wind area on the European continent after the UK.

Last June, Aksa Group placed an order with Vestas for the Karakurt project consisting of six units of the V90-1.8 MW wind turbine for delivery in Turkey. The Aksa Group recently ordered 15 units of the V80-2.0 MW turbine for Turkey’s Sabenova project. The order comprises supply, installation and commissioning of the wind power plant. Delivery will take place during the first half of 2007. The Sabenova project will be installed in the Antakya region, which is one of the most windy regions in Turkey. The wind power plant will produce 112 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year, which corresponds to a reduction of 61,000 tons CO2 emissions. The Karakurt wind power plant has an estimated production of 41 GWh per year and will save the environment 22,000 tons of CO2 emissions. “The Turkish Government is aiming at diversifying its power production,” said M. Kazanci, President of Aksa Group, “and wind development will contribute to this in the coming years. The liberalization process has opened a large space for private wind energy developers.” In May 2005, Turkey adopted The Renewable Energy Law, which introduced a feed-in-tariff equal to the average wholesale price of the previous year for the next seven years. “Despite many barriers, Turkey has an enormous wind potential and good prospects are foreseen in the long term,” said Ebbe Funk, President of Vestas Mediterranean A/S.
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