Company opens Turkey’s ‘largest solar power plant’ in Central Anatolia
AA photoTekno Ray Solar has opened Turkey’s largest solar power plant with a total power capacity of 22.5 megawatts in the Central Anatolian province of Konya together with its Italian partner, Enerray, it said in a follow-up press release on May 5.
The power plant, which has an initial production capacity of 18.5 MW, will meet the electricity demand of more than 20,000 households, said the company.
A total of 74,106 solar power panels were used in the power plant, which is located on a 430,000-square-meter plot of land.
“The Konya Kızören Solar Power Plant is the biggest of its kind of Turkey. We believe that solar energy will grow rapidly in our country,” said Tekno Group CEO Altay Coşkunoğlu.
He said the importation level in solar energy was 50 percent, much lower than the case in the coal and natural gas industry.
“Moreover, solar power technology does not harm the natural environment,” he added.
Company representatives said around 400 people worked to build the power plant over the last eight months.
Enerray CEO Michele Scandellari said Tekno Ray Solar was their first foreign partner and was now been building solar power plants in 12 countries with a total installed power capacity of 600 MW.
The Konya Kızören plant will help prevent an average of 18,000 tons of CO2 emissions escaping into the atmosphere every year.