Turkey enjoys a perfect geographic location for developing solar
power plants. Despite Turkey's abundant solar energy potential,
there is not even one single electricity generation licensee
generating electricity using solar energy in Turkey.
The Energy Market Regulatory Authority (the "EMRA")
has announced, through its decision no. 3842, that it will receive
applications for electricity generation licenses for solar energy
between 10 and 14 June 2013. The list of information and documents
that will be sought by EMRA in the license applications is
published on the Official Gazette dated 12 May 2013 and numbered
28645. Additionally an announcement on the license applications for
generating electricity using solar power was made on the same
Official Gazette by EMRA. According to the aforementioned
decision and the announcement:
The established capacity of a single solar power plant cannot
exceed 50 MW.
Applications that require establishment of a solar power plant
on agriculture land will be automatically rejected.
License applicants are required to submit a report related to
the areas on which the projected power plants will be established.
Only one application for a power plant can be made in relation to
An application can be made for maximum of 20,000 square meters
(approximately) power plant area for each project consisting of 1
Applications that do not comply with the lower limit of annual
total solar radiation per horizontal surface will not be
Documents regarding the ownership of the area must be submitted
to EMRA in case the area is owned by the applicant.
A letter of guarantee must be submitted to EMRA. The amount of
the letter of guarantee is 10,000 TL times of the established power
subject to the application.
Applications for already licensed project areas will not be
Other than the abovementioned documents, the following documents
are required for the license application:
Petition of application
Undertaking (as attached to the Electricity Market License
Certificate of authority for representatives of legal
Corporation documents of legal entity with all amendments
Documents in relation to the generation plant (as listed in the
Document issued by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and
Livestock, certifying that the area in question is not in an
Corporate documents that are listed in the Official
If the production facility will be established in regions which
were established with a special law (i.e., organized industrial
zone, free zone), a declaration from the related entity must be
obtained that there is no inconvenience for the
Please note that the abovementioned license application is for
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Turkey has amended the Electricity Market Law numbered 6446 to promote use and security of domestic energy resources. Under the amendments, planned capacity mechanisms must give priority to local energy sources.
Turkey's energy regulator previously ruled (decision numbered 5709, dated 30 July 2015) that a total capacity of 2,000 MW would be reserved in the period up until 2020 for wind power pre-license applicants to connect to the grid.
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