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Canadian Solar will supply its CS6P-P modules for, it claims, Turkey’s first and largest governmental solar PV project which will be installed by Gehrlicher Merk Solar, a joint venture company established by Gehrlicher Solar and Merk Solar Enerji. Its modules were selected from a possible 13 different module manufacturers for this project.
The project, which has full support from the Turkish Prime Minister’s office, will be located in Gürsu, Turkey, and have a total capacity of 96kW. Canadian Solar’s CS6P-P module type is a high-performance module featuring positive power tolerance (0 ~ +5W), a robust frame to up to 5400 PA load, anti-reflective properties with a self-cleaning surface, high performance at low irradiance and high energy yield at low NOCT. The company also offers a 10 year warranty on its products and a 25 year linear power output warranty.
Recently, the CS6P-P module also achieved a high PV USA (PTC) rating — a universal indicator rating a solar system’s “real performance” and power output.
Mr. Ömer Cihan Karahan, CEO of Gehrlicher Merk Solar, said, “This project is an important step towards fostering the greater energy independence of Turkey and the establishment of more solar energy in our country. After a long and careful decision making process and the evaluation of the offers of 13 different solar module manufacturers, we chose Canadian Solar due to the excellent customer service, proven quality and performance of their products. The longstanding experience of both Canadian Solar and Gehrlicher Merk Solar in the Turkish market will surely help us to win many MW projects including 500 kW’s projects, which does not need any licensing out of 600 MW’s target of the country till 2014.”
Dr Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, added, “We are very pleased with our cooperation with Gehrlicher Merk Solar on this project and are hoping to continue this success together in the future. The solar project in Gürsu is an essential step forward in our business development efforts in the emerging Turkish renewable energy market. That we were selected showcases our strength in handling governmental tenders and acknowledges our longstanding experience in implementing reliable, high-performance solar solutions for a broad variety of individual customer needs and purposes. We hope to participate in further ground-breaking projects with our partners, especially when the expected 600 MW tendering procedures become officially effective.”
Previously, Canadian Solar supplied the modules for a commercial 45kW PV rooftop system, which became Turkey’s largest rooftop installation, until now.
According to Canadian Solar, Turkey is an emerging market for solar energy. As well as having favourable temperature conditions, the Turkish PV industry has strong support from the government. In January 2011, the government established a feed-in tariff in order to attract significant investments. It also announced that it would simplify the licensing process for PV power plant projects.