GE Vernova signs contract for new solar project in Turkey

GE Vernova has announced the signing of a contract to supply GE’s Flexinverter solar power station, as well as design and engineering services, to Kalyon PV in Viranşehir, Turkey, where Inogen, GE Vernova’s regional solutions provider, will be in charge of construction and installation.
GE Vernova signs contract for new solar project in Turkey
Flexinverter. Courtesy of GE Vernova.

GE Vernova’s solar power station is expected to power Kalyon Enerji’s 157 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaics (PV) factory, making Kalyon Enerji one of the first companies in Turkey to produce solar panels using 100 percent renewable electricity when commissioned.

“We are proud to be a driving force behind Turkey’s transition to clean energy” said Dr. Murtaza Ata, Board Member of Kalyon PV. “By investing in solar panel manufacturing and providing these solar panels to large-scale solar power plants, we’re not only providing sustainable energy solutions, but also creating jobs and contributing to Turkey's energy independence.”

With 2.5 GWp/1.9 GWe of combined solar power capacity in Turkey, including commissioned and ongoing projects, GE Vernova’s Flexinverter technology is playing a pivotal role in the development of Turkey’s solar industry.

“After having executed several Renewable Energy Resources Zones (YEKA) projects in Turkey, we are now focusing on industries that want to produce captive power at a utility scale for their self-consumption through PV projects, such as Kalyon PV’s solar power plant in Viranşehir, and renewable hybrid projects, including large scale storage” added Megi Gabriyel, Region Leader Solar & Storage Solutions, Middle East, Africa & Turkey at GE Vernova. “We offer a comprehensive financing to support our customers, which includes support from export credit agencies. This financing package enables us to provide competitive financing options to facilitate and scale up the adoption of renewable energy technologies in the energy sector.”

The collaboration builds upon an existing relationship, utilising the success of Kalyon Enerji’s 1,347 MWp/1,000 MWe Karapinar solar power plant in the Konya Karapinar province, which deployed GE Vernova's Flexinverter solar technology. Commissioned in 2023, the Karapinar facility is Turkey’s largest single source of solar power to date. The project was part of the first Turkish solar YEKA GES tender launched in 2017 by the Turkish Ministry of Energy under the Renewable Energy Resources Zones (YEKA) programme that streamlines the development of large-scale solar and wind farms.

“Thanks to our strategic relationship with GE Vernova, we ensure seamless coordination of supply chain and field activities, addressing key challenges in project execution” said Ali Murat Soydan, Associate Professor and Chairman at Inogen Group. “Our professional teams, comprising more than one thousand employees, will provide continuous support, enabling swift intervention during both the installation and operation phases of the Viranşehir power plant.”

Turkey's rapid expansion of its renewable energy sector, driven by a growing electricity demand and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions, positions solar power as a key driver of this growth. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Turkey aims to commission an impressive 10 GW of solar capacity between 2017 and 2027, with projections indicating a surge of approximately 500 percent to 52.9 GW by 2035.

Additionally, GE Vernova is uniquely positioned to deploy its Battery Energy Storage Solution Flexreservoir coupled with financing to support Turkey’s next phase of renewable energy projects with storage.

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