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Tender awarded for record-breaking Turkish solar power plant

The contract has been awarded for a solar power plant with the capacity to supply more than 600,000 households in Turkey.

The tender for the plant - which will be the largest in the region and one of the largest in the world – was won by a consortium of Kalyon Enerji and South Korea solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells.

The Karapinar Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynak Alani project will be located in Karapinar, 250km south of Ankara. It will have 1GW of installed capacity and it is scheduled to begin operations within three years.

Under the agreement, the consortium will also establish local manufacturing capacity for photovoltaic cells and this will be operational within 21 months.

Turkey’s minister of energy and natural resources Berat Albayrak said: "We have made an important step in our renewable energy strategy. With this step, we have successfully completed a tender that we will enable us to develop domestic production of cheaper, better quality electricity powered by best-in-class technology and allow us to export energy to adjacent regions. We are here talking about the biggest single land project of 1,000 MW (AC) installed capacity of clean solar power. This scale of investment will deliver an important message to the world about Turkey and Turkey's energy market.”

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