Hürriyet Daily News - Some 131 power plants have gone online in Turkey with an installed capacity of 4,100 megawatts (MW) for USD 6 billion in the first eight months of the year, The Minister of Energy, Taner Yildiz announced in a written statement.
A total of 4,150 MW was installed last year in general, according to the ministry data.
“Turkey’s installed power capacity reached 61,151 MW in August 2013, a 10.4 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous year,” Yildiz said, adding that the total number of power plants had increased by 17 percent to 861.
The power plants that became online in August 2012 had the installed capacity of 367 MW. “This figure increased to 870 MW this year. This is good, but what is better is that there was a six-fold increase in the share of the installed power from local and renewable sources in one year,” he noted.
Around 150 MW of this 870 MW of installed power was guaranteed by foreign sources, and the remaining 725 MW was guaranteed by local sources. “While the share of the private sector in power generation was just 34 percent 10 years ago, it rose to 62 percent this year,” Yildiz said.
Turkey aims to have 100,000 MW of installed power, a third of which will be generated using renewables, by the year 2023, the centennial of the Republic.