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IBC Solar’s Turkish subsidiary IBC Solar Yat Ve Tic has announced that it has completed the installation of its Konya PV plant, which it claims is the first grid-connected PV power plant in Turkey.
Construction of the plant, which is located in the city of Konya in the central Anatolia region, began in May 2012. It covers an area of 3,500 square metres and as the general contractor IBC Solar was responsible for the EPC phase of the project. The project utilized a total of 864 IBC PolySol 235 DS modules and 12 Sunny Tripower 17000TL inverters.
Now complete, the project is under contract with Meram Elektrik Dağıtım AŞ (MEDAŞ), the region’s power distribution company which was specifically established to market the power produced by the Konya plant. The plant will generate around 300,000 kWh of output annually with a nominal capacity of approximately 200kWp.
According to IBC Solar, the Konya project will act as a “model application” for the Turkish PV industry setting an example in terms of system quality and standards. “We always want to provide the highest quality to our customers because at the end the system’s efficiency and durability and as a result the profits are directly linked to the quality. Besides product quality we also put great emphasis on maintaining budget and schedule with the aid of a smooth workflow and on maintaining quality during the construction phase. As a result the project has been well planned and executed to meet our customer’s demands,” explained Hayri Bali, general manager of IBC Solar Turkey.
In order to attract significant solar investment, Turkey established a feed-in-tariff in January 2011 after months of speculation. Projects involving ground-mounted PV systems and roof-mounted PV systems already exist in the country but IBC Solar is now hoping that its Konya project is setting a positive example of a grid-connected PV system for other companies to follow suit.