This autumn, on a mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey’s Adiyaman province, construction will begin on the 27.5 MW “Sincik” wind energy farm, Nordex announced today. It will be the flagship wind energy project of the Tektuğ Elektrik Group, a Turkish firm specializing in renewable energy.
New investment blowing this way
The Sincik wind farm is one in a wave of major new wind projects expected to be financed in Turkey this year.
EnBW, Germany’s third largest energy utility, plans to build 5 GW of wind energy capacity over the next twenty years, much of it in Turkey, according to another news report out today. The new projects will be realized in partnership with Borusan Holding, one of Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerates.
Installed wind capacity in Turkey reached 2,000 MW at the end of 2011, according to Tanay Sıdkı Uyar, a professor of engineering at Turkey’s Marmara University. Investment in wind projects has picked up substantially in recent years, further bolstered by an increase in the feed-in-tariff of wind energy to $0.073 per kWh in December 2010.
The government hopes to increase grid capacity to 5,000 MW by the end of 2015. In line with that, the government unveiled the country’s first “National Wind Energy System” last year, emphasizing the construction of Turkish wind turbines using locally sourced materials.
Nordex: A leader in Turkey’s wind energy manufacturing market
Nordex’s previous projects in Turkey highlight some of the other major investment companies spurring development in the country’s wind energy sector.
The company’s first project in Turkey, a 42.5 MW wind farm completed in 2008, was commissioned by Inores. In 2010 and 2011, Nordex received three orders for wind farms by İltek İletişim, the energy subsidiary of the Eksim investment group, totaling 125 MW of installed capacity. Earlier this year, Nordex received a contract from Bilgin Enerji to build a 50 MW wind farm in İzmir Province.
While the Sincik wind farm won’t be quite as big as these previous installations, Tektuğ has “ambitious plans to expand” its wind energy capacity, according to Nordex’s managing director in Turkey, Ayhan Gök.
The fact that the project is located in southeastern Turkey, moreover, offers opportunities for follow-up projects, says Gök.
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