Solar power in Turkey

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Turkey is located in an advantageous position in the Middle East and Southeast Europe for solar energy. Solar potential is very high in Turkey, especially in the South Eastern Anatolia and Mediterranean provinces.[1] Compared to the rest of the region[clarification needed], insolation values are higher and conditions for solar power generation are comparable to Spain. 7.5 TWh was generated in 2018 which was 2.5% of Turkey's electricity.[2] Installed capacity was 5GW, with the Energy Ministry planning to have another 10GW installed in the 2020s.[3] However solar power in Turkey could increase far more quickly if subsidies for coal were abolished[4] and the auction system was improved.[3] Every gigawatt of solar power installed would save over 100 million USD on the gas bill.[5]


  • The annual average total insolation duration is 2741 hours (7.5 hours per day).[6]
  • Average annual solar radiation is 1527 kW·h/(m²·yr) or 4.18 kW·h/(m²·d).[6]

Covering one half of one percent of the land area of Turkey with solar panels would be sufficient to generate all of the electricity used.[7]

Policies, laws and incentives[edit]

Turkey enacted its second Renewable Energy Law, namely Law No. 6094 Concerning the use of Renewable Energy Resources for the Generation of Electrical Energy, in 2010.[8] Turkish government is also encouraging expansion and the utilization of solar energy for electricity generation. To stimulate investment in renewables, various incentive schemes have been introduced For example, renewable energy plants with an installed capacity of 500 kW or less are exempt from licensing obligations [1] Solar energy sources are covered by this law, which decrees that facilities which generate electricity from renewable energy sources will be granted a renewable energy resources certificate (RER Certificate) which will entitle such facilities to benefit from the incentives provided by the Law. EMRA is the competent authority to grant the RER Certificates. Permission is required from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry before building a solar park.[9]

Systems producing up to 50 KW (e.g. residential systems) are more lightly regulated than larger ones.[10]

Systems producing up to 1-megawatt (MW) of power do not need a license, and plugged into the national grid are eligible for payments of US$0.133 per kilowatt-hour for 10 years.[11]

Systems producing over 1-megawatt (MW) of power must be licensed, but only if they feed into the grid. Such licences often become mired in the bureaucracy which is meant to ensure the grid can cope.[12] As of May 2015 600 MW of these larger installation tenders have been approved. The one off fee per MW varies considerably depending on the result of each tender.

In the coming years solar energy will be feasible without any feed-in-tariff mechanism,[13] however as of 2019 smaller tenders[9] and lower interest rates are the key to the expansion of solar power.[14]

Heating and hot water[edit]

Sales of flat-plate collectors (often public sector central) and vacuum tube (often residential) hot water systems were about equal in 2019.[15] Turkey is third in the world in solar water heating collector capacity after China and the USA, with a capacity of about 20 GWth.[15]

The industry is well developed for hot water with high quality manufacturing and export capacity, but not so much for space heating, and is hampered by subsidies for coal heating.[16]


Photovoltaics (PV) growth is expected to be slow in 2019 due to financing challenges, but pick up again some time in the 2020s.[17] From May 2018 ‘unlicensed’ PV projects can have a generation capacity of up to 5 MW. In 2020 solar cell manufacturing started in Turkey.[18] In 2016 PV produced 3755 TeraJoules,[19] about 1TWh of Turkey's 300TWh annual generation. In 2017 auction prices were around US$0.07 per kWh,[20] and 1 GW is planned to be auctioned in 2020.[21]

Solar PV deployment in GWp
Year Registered
PV capacity
Share of total
2008 0.75 4
2009 1 5
2010 1 6
2011 1 7
2012 5 12
2013 6 18
2014 40 58
2015 191 249
2016 583 832
2017 2589 3421
2018 1642 5063 7799 2.56%
2019 924 5987 9550 3.18%
IEA-PVPS,[22] previous[23][24][25][26][27], 2018[28], 2019[29]


There is potential for agrivoltaics with crops such as wheat.[30]

Rooftop small-scale PV[edit]

From 2019 the EPDK allowed net metering for homeowners and businesses installing 3-10 kW of PV on rooftops, so they can sell up to half of the electricity they generate to their electricity company, and receive payments equal to the price they pay.[31] As of 2019, the payback period was estimated at 11 years: removal of VAT and the fixed government approval fee and attaching borrowing for installation to the property's mortgage has been suggested to shorten this.[32]

Concentrated Solar Power[edit]

The Greenway CSP Mersin Solar Tower Plant, constructed at Mersin by Greenway CSP, has an installed power of 5 MW.[33]


As of 2020, unlike in the EU, obsolete solar panels are not classified as electronic waste and recycling criteria are not defined.[34]

See also[edit]


  • "OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Turkey 2019". OECD. OECD Environmental Performance Reviews. February 2019. doi:10.1787/9789264309753-en. ISBN 9789264309746.


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