The recent introduction of a solar feed-in tariff by the Turkish government designed to kick start the photovoltaic (PV) sector has been heralded by Sharp Solar as the beginning of what will be solar boom in Turkey. Tariffs work by offering fixed, premium rates for small scale energy producers feeding electricity into the national grid.
The rates are designed to off set the obvious costs in producing electricity by renewable means and have proved to be a useful mechanism in attracting investment where they have been introduced elsewhere. Sharp Solar therefore believe that the tariff legislation along with the abundance of sunshine enjoyed by Turkey will contribute to the growth of their PV sector over the next ten years.
Peter Thiele, Executive Vice President of Sharp Energy Solutions stated this week that,
“There can be few countries in Europe that have as much growth potential as Turkey when it comes to the solar market”.
The tariff will operate in Turkey over a twenty year period with a rate of €0.28 per unit of energy for the first ten years and a rate of €0.22 for the following ten years being offered to solar micro-generators across Turkey. With an average of seven hours of sunlight per day, Turkey will prove to be an attractive prospect for investors looking to diversify their portfolios in green investments and similarly will help create PV jobs in the region.
With highly regarded investment gurus such as Jim Mellon adding their weight to the concept of solar investment, Turkey will be looking to benefit from what he described as an industry which will be ‘bigger than the internet’. Sharp Solar certainly agree with the idea that the Turkish feed-in tariff will lead to a solar industry boom in Turkey,
“Turkey has long been one of Sharp’s European focus markets for photovoltaics. Together with our partner FORM Solar we have been active in this market for a number of years and are keeping a close watch on developments. The 28 euro cent feed-in tariff for solar energy agreed for the first ten years, with 22 euro cent during the next ten years will, we believe, ensures a start of a healthy development of the market without the risk of overheating as was witnessed in Spain for example, but could be improved in order to generate more interest of investors,” quoted Barbara Rudek, Sharp Energy Solution Europe.