It was announced in the Official Gazette on January 12 that Turkey is poised to initiate 74 solar energy mini tenders for the Renewable Energy Resource Zones (YEKA) of the country in the month of March.
Previously, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources had released a statement, stating that 74 solar energy mini tenders – to be held in Turkey’s 36 different regions with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) – would be launched in January, yet they were postponed to March 8-12. The initial price ceiling was determined to be TRY 0.35, whereas the electric energy intake period was decided to be 15 years per tender, according to the Official Gazette.
Delivering a speech at the First Turkish Solar Energy Industry Association (GENSED) Solar Energy Summit, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez touched upon the upcoming tenders. “Turkey will be able to change its investment culture and its investor profile,” said Minister Dönmez, adding that the YEKA tenders will be key to attracting further solar energy investments into small- to medium-sized energy sector enterprises in Turkey.