As of the end of March, Turkey’s solar energy consists of power plants with a capacity of close to 10 thousand MW spread over 78 cities, while there are solar power plants with a capacity of over 100 MW in 35 provinces.
As of the enAccording to the data of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey’s electricity installed power reached 104,348 MW as of the end of March, and the solar energy installed power reached 9,820 MW.
The installed power in solar energy, which was 40 MW in 2014, continued to grow by approaching 10 thousand MW in about 10 years. The share of solar energy in Turkey’s electricity installed power reached 9.41 percent.
While the solar energy installed power, mainly composed of unlicensed power plants, stands out with its “distributed” structure, there are solar power plants of different scales in 78 provinces of Turkey.
Konya stands out as the city with the highest installed power in solar energy with 1722.2 MW.
Konya is followed by Ankara with 520.5 MW capacity, Gaziantep with 435.1 MW, Şanlıurfa with 414 MW, Kayseri with 392.4 MW and İzmir with 338.8 MW.
Kahramanmaraş is among the top 10 cities with the highest installed capacity in solar energy with 286 MW, Afyonkarahisar 264,2 MW, Antalya 262.2 MW and Manisa 259.8 MW.
Turkey’s 35 provinces have a solar energy capacity of 100 MW and above, and 23 cities have a solar energy capacity of 10-100 MW. There are no solar power plants in Rize, Hakkari and Artvin.
On the other hand, according to the Turkey Solar Energy Potential Atlas prepared by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the average annual total radiation value is calculated as 1527.46 kWh per square meter in Turkey, where the average annual total sunshine duration is 2 thousand 741 hours.
Turkey is considered to have a high solar energy potential due to its geographical location.