IBC SOLAR Installs First Official Photovoltaic Power Plant in Turkey

Photovoltaic specialist sets clean energy standard for multiple Turkish cities

Bad Staffelstein / Germany, Konya / Turkey, August 16, 2012 – IBC SOLAR Yat. Ve Tic. Ltd. the Turkish subsidiary of IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic systems, announces the successful installation of the first grid-connected Photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Turkey. Located in Konya, a city in the Central Anatolia Region, the photovoltaic system covers 3,500 square meters and will generate around 300,000 kilowatts per hour (kWh) of  solar power per year at a nominal capacity of approximately 200 kilowatt peak (kWp). This will reduce annual CO2 emissions by an impressive 215 tons. The power plant thereby produces enough environmentally friendly energy for about 160 average Turkish households.

Construction of the Konya solar plant started in May 2012, as a city project under contract with MEDAŞ (Meram Elektrik Dağıtım A.Ş.), the regional power distribution company. The company was specifically founded to market the green energy produced by the solar power plant. The Konya project, which is the first of its kind in the country, will serve as a model application for the Turkish PV industry in terms of system quality and standards. “We always want to provide the highest quality to our customers because at the end the system’s efficiency and durability and as a result the profits are directly linked to the quality. Besides product quality we also put great emphasis on maintaining budget and schedule with the aid of a smooth workflow and on maintaining quality during the construction phase. As a result the project has been well planned and executed to meet our customer’s demands,” explains Hayri Bali, General Manager of IBC SOLAR Turkey. As a General Contractor IBC SOLAR took over responsibility during the whole engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) phase of the project - from system design to delivering the modules and the system components to orchestrating the construction. A total of 864 IBC PolySol 235 DS modules and 12 Sunny Tripower 17000TL inverters were installed in less than two months.

“After detailed investigations into the perfect location for a PV power plant in Turkey, we found that Konya has the ideal preconditions. The average solar irradiation measured here is enormous compared to other regions,” says Hayri Bali, of IBC SOLAR Turkey. “At the same time, we considered the importance of this unique project for all of Turkey regarding the clean and environmentally friendly energy production generated via Photovoltaic technology. This project sets a positive example that others are sure to follow.”