Sunrise in Turkey

Turkey is a boom country. The economy of the country by the Bosporus currently is faring so well that due to its fervent growth some even refer to „The European China“. But that growth comes at a cost: Energy.

28. Dezember 2011

Training in Turkey

Training in Turkey

Cölbe, 28 December 2011. Turkey is a boom country. The economy of the country by the Bosporus currently is faring so well that due to its fervent growth some even refer to „The European China“. But that growth comes at a cost: Energy. This is the weak spot of the Turkish Wirtschaftswunder, since the bulk of the fossil fuel forming the flourishing economies foundation has to be imported – and at continuously rising prices. As a result the interest in renewable energy is growing in Turkey, all the more since in 2010 the country joined the Kyoto Protocol and thus has to reduce CO2 emissions until 2020.

Although to date the government did not establish any subsidies for photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, a very positive climate for investors developed.  „Independent of the energy carrier the energy costs for a long time have been increasing by about 20% annually“ reports Veli Mesir of the Austrian Wagner & Co partner company Lemsolar, which together with Wagner & Co organized a professional training for local installers. „And it will continue“ Mesir is convinced: „We also don’t have gas everywhere in Turkey, especially not in the South with its thousands of Hotels and Vacation centers. They usually rely on expensive heating oil or LPG. Currently there are hardly any solar companies that have the expertise to properly plan and install large-scale solar installations. That’s why we have so many inquiries, especially from vacation centers and hotels – but also for student dorms.“

Hoteleingang zur Schulung in der Türkei

Venue of solar training in Turkey/5-star Hotel near by Antalya

Emanuele Fè d´Ostiani from Wagner & Co notes that some applicants for the training even had to be turned down because all places for the session that took place in early December 2011 had already been out. “There were 35 participants – and even more applications“. The event that took place in the cinema of a 5 Star Hotel near Antalya mainly covered the solar basics. Among the seminar topics were systems technology, specific products and system planning. Fè d´Ostiani: „We also found the time to talk about concrete projects that currently are in construction. All in all the participants were very pleased about the training.“

Like the entire country the energy sector in Turkey is also on the move, and great changes are ahead. In Istanbul for example only electrically powered taxis will be permitted in the future, and many municipalities already purchased electric busses – quite a few of them already in operation. What is more logical than to produce the required energy using the amply shining sun? In this respect the Turkish policy is investor friendly: Private individuals are permitted to install systems with up to 500 kilowatt peak output. For comparison: In Germany, a leader in renewable energy, special permissions are required for systems with more than 30 Kilowatt.

In Spring 2012 the Turkish Government will fix a feed in tariff for solar power, thus establish a reliable legal and economic framework, which will likely create a very attractive market. Lemsolar and Wagner &  Co are prepared. According to engineer Emanuele Fè d´Ostiani a high profile photovoltaic training is already planned.  For solar thermal systems the road is already paved by many regional building codes requiring solar hot water systems to be fitted with new housing projects – clean and independent energy production entirely without expensive imported fossil fuels!

 

Author: Stefan Thiesen

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