Dünya - Harnessing the power of the wind to generate electricity is quickly taking off in Turkey. The turbines being erected all around the wind-swept country have reached 3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity as of the end of 2013, making Turkey one of the top 10 wind energy producers in Europe.
According to data released by the European Wind Energy Association, Turkish wind energy producers have added 646 megawatts (MW) to their installed capacity last year. Increasing by 28 percent, Turkey’s installed capacity generated by wind farms amounted to 2956 MWs, surpassing the Netherlands to become the 10th largest wind power producer in Europe.
The country has approximately 1,000 MW capacity under construction to join the grid this year, previous reports by the Turkish Wind Energy Association suggest.
The country’s installed capacity of 62,000 MWs as of the end of 2013 is expected to reach 120,000 MWs in 2023, 20,000 MW of which will be generated by wind farms.