GE Renewable Energy to supply technology for solar plant in Turkey
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GE Renewable Energy to supply technology for solar plant in Turkey

23 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2021 12:32)

The Karapinar solar power project is part of the Turkish YEKA solar tender, which was launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Energy.

GE Renewable Energy to supply technology for solar plant in Turkey
The project is located in Turkey’s Konya Karapinar province. Credit: GE Renewable Energy.

GE Renewable Energy has secured a contract to supply its Flexinverter solar power station technology for Kalyon’s Karapinar solar power plant in Turkey.

Under the contract, GE Renewable Energy will be responsible for the design, engineering, commissioning, project and site management for the 270MW Karapinar phase II-A and 810MW Karapinar phase II-B projects.

Located in Turkey’s Konya Karapinar province, the project is expected to begin commercial operations by next December.

GE intends to manufacture the mounting structures and DC cables locally, while its Grid Solutions business manufacturing site in Gebze will produce transformers for integration in the solar inverter system.

GE Renewable Energy Renewable Hybrids CEO Prakash Chandra said: “There is tremendous potential for solar energy in Turkey, which can be addressed through smart solutions that will help integrate this natural energy source into the grid in a reliable way and at utility-scale.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kalyon on these projects and look forward to more opportunities to increase the penetration of renewable energy in Turkey.”

GE previously completed the commissioning of its Flexinverter solar power station technology at the 267MW Karapinar phase I solar plant.

This was the first time the technology had been implemented outside the US.

The Karapinar solar power project is part of the first YEKA solar tender, which was launched by the Turkish Government in 2017.

It will support the country’s energy transition and that of its neighbours, as well as helping Turkey enhance its renewable energy resources and commission 10GW of solar capacity by 2027.

In another development, GE is reportedly holding preliminary talks with EDF to divest GE Steam Power’s nuclear activities in France.

The company currently supplies steam turbines and electrical components to EDF for some of its nuclear power plants, including Flamanville-III in France and Hinkley Point C in the UK.