Wind power in Turkey

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Wind power in Turkey is gradually expanding in capacity, mainly in the Aegean and Marmara regions. Turkey has about 3 GW of installed capacity.[1] The Turkish government has a target of increasing Turkey's wind capacity 20 times by 2020.[2] The technical wind energy potential is estimated to be about 114 GW of capacity in regions where the wind speed is higher than 7.0 meters above the ground at 50 meters’ height.[3]

History[edit]

Bozcaada Wind Farm, Çanakkale province

In 2006, 19 MW of wind power was installed, and in 2007, capacity increased to almost 140 MW:[4] According to Transmission Reports, at the end of 2010 it had risen to 1265 MW, and is specified as 1645.30 MW by October, 2011 by the same reports.

Current and planned capacity[edit]

A total of 1,330 wind turbines are currently in place in Turkey, which saves the country from spending an additional $500 million on natural gas.[5] About 10GW has been licensed to be installed in total.[1]

Economics[edit]

Renewable energy law includes fairly attractive incentives for wind power plants in Turkey.[6]

Statistics[edit]

The installed capacity was 51 MW in 2006 and it is increased to the 4498MW in 2015. Wind power in Turkey is increasing tremendously but still the desired level of the installed capacity is not reached because the wind potential is very high in Turkey.[3]

Windpower net electricity generation (TeraJoule) 2006-2015[7]
10,000
20,000
30,000
40,000
50,000
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
1 TJ = 0.278 GWh

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