Like many countries, Turkey has set ambitious goals for renewable energy. The nation’s target: to develop 30% of total installed capacity from renewable sources by 2023, including five gigawatts (GW) of solar energy. A one-megawatt (MW) crystalline silicon photovoltaic plant in Kilis, south-central Turkey, designed and built by Magtek Enerji Sanayi in 2015, is contributing towards the achievement of this energy goal.
After one year in production, the Kilis solar plant was generating 1.700.000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year – providing a stable source of power to local homes, and contributing to Turkey’s national energy goals.
Three key challenges had to be addressed in order for the project to succeed.