Turkey issued 2.8GW of wind power pre-licenses in 2017

Turkey issued a total of 2.8 gigawatts of wind energy pre-licenses in 2017 after a latest 2.1GW allocation at the end of last month, according to data provided by Wind Power Monthly.

Permitting must now be completed for the applications, the magazine reported on its website on Tuesday.

Installed wind power in Turkey is currently about 6GW. The country aims to have 20GW watts up and running by 2023, the country’s centenary, a target seen as very ambitious by some sector participants.

The latest licenses come in addition to 710MW approved earlier in the year. The government also allocated 1GW in August to a consortium of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Turkish partners Kalyon Enerji and Turkerler Holding via a new auction system.

One industry participant, who asked not to be named, said in November that further tenders in the auction system would not be held until firms close to the government were in a position to participate.

Fifty-eight of 67 successful bids for the pre-licenses were at negative prices, meaning that those firms cannot participate in the country’s feed-in-tariff system, but must instead sell power in the free market and pay state-run energy company Teias the amount of the negative bid over 10 years.

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