Turkey Commissions First Utility-Scale CIS Thin-Film Solar PV Plant

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The first utility-scale CIS thin-film photovoltaic (PV) facility in the country of Turkey was recently commissioned, according to recent reports.

The commissioning of the project followed a fairly rapid development period of around 3 months, which saw the solar modules supplied by Solar Frontier installed at the one-megawatt (MW) facility in the Kayseri Province.


Development of the project was spearheaded by the Turkish company Smart Energy Group — which has also been behind numerous solar PV projects elsewhere in the country, and also in Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania.

The company is going to be providing operation and maintenance services to the project as well, it should be noted. Financing for the project was obtained via the Turkish bank Yapi Kredi; and engineering, procurement and construction services were provided by the Bulgarian firm Smart Solar. The utility companies Turkish Electricity Distribution (TEDAS) and Kayseri and Vicinity Electricity Turkish (KCETAS) commissioned the project.

“Our latest solar power plant sets a new solar power plant performance benchmark in Turkey because we know what CIS can do compared to other solar energy technologies — in terms of performance, economics and quality,” stated Smart Energy Group’s CEO, Halil Demirdağ.

One of the main reasons for going with the CIS thin-film modality of solar PV is reportedly due to the technology’s strength of operation in high temperatures — despite central Turkey’s occasionally quite high temperature, the project is still expected to deliver good generation levels.

The new Ege Sarioglan GES project features 6,768 of these modules, as well as two 500-kilowatt (kW) central inverters.

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