Following the invitation for tenders in June of this year, the engineering and solar companies Anel Group and Enerqos, respectively, have been permitted to construct a 1.3MW photovoltaic plant in the Turkish part of Cyprus.
Construction for the site, the first PV installation in Cyprus, will begin January 2010. The PV plant will be the largest in the Mediterranean area and completely financed by the EU commission. To be used by the Cyprus Turkish Electric Corporation (Kib-tek), the solar system will emit 2GWh of clean energy per year. It has been suggested the plant will quell some demands of energy, reducing power cuts experienced throughout the island during the summer.
Mauro Marcucci, CEO of Enerqos sees this as progress, stating: “This initiative represents a further step of our international growth process. We are glad to enhance our presence in the Mediterranean area, the most promising area for solar industry, with a strong and reliable partner such as Anel Group.”
Vice chairman of Anel Group, Ender Çolak, also believes in the Mediterranean area’s possibilities.
“This plant is the expression of the great potential of the Mediterranean region in the renewable sector,” said Çolak. “We are convinced that Turkey, together with Greece and the whole Mediterranean area, will shortly become the new leaders in the solar energy field. This first project will lead to many other interesting activities in joint-venture with Enerqos spa in the very next months.”
Enerqos, based in Monza, Italy, has subsidiaries in France and Greece while the Anel Group, with headquarters in Istanbul, has offices in Egypt, Syria, Albania, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine.