Thursday 21 October 2021

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GE to power Turkey with 1.3GW solar projects

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 27 days ago

GE Renewable Energy said that it has been selected by Kalyon to deliver its Flexinverter solar power station technology for the 270 MW Karapinar phase II-A and 810 MW Karapinar phase II-B solar plant in Turkey.

The scope of work includes design, engineering, project management, site management and commissioning. The project located in Turkey’s Konya Karapinar province is expected to reach commercial operations by December 2022.

GE Renewable Energy has already completed the commissioning of the Flexinverter solar power station technology for the 267 MW Karapinar phase I solar plant.

The Karapinar solar power plant is part of the first Turkish solar YEKA tender launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Energy. It will enable the energy transition in the country and beyond, by helping Turkey to continue the expansion of renewable energy resources and commission 10 GW of solar capacity between 2017-27, according to IEA.

A Kalyon Energy executive board member said: “We are glad to partner with GE on this giant renewable energy project in Turkey. GE’s deep expertise in the solar space has meant we have successfully commissioned 267 MW together and are about to start Phase II-A and B (together 1,080 MW) commissioning activities very soon. Despite the tough environment around the pandemic, GE has delivered our equipment and allowed us to reach the commercial operations as scheduled.”

Prakash Chandra, CEO Renewable Hybrids at GE Renewable Energy, said: “There is tremendous potential for solar energy in Turkey which can be addressed through smart solutions that will help integrate this natural energy source into the grid in a reliable way and at utility scale. We are thrilled to be partnering with Kalyon on these projects and look forward to more opportunities to increase the penetration of renewable energy in Turkey.”

The Flexinverter Solar Power Station (formerly known as LV5+ Solar Power Station) is an integrated containerized solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer, and an optional MV Ring Main Unit, all integrated in a standard 20-feet ISO high cube container. The technology is a smart solution that helps deliver a reliable, cost-effective, plug & play, factory-integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications. It helps reduce capital and operation costs and ensure a more reliable plant performance.

GE will be localizing production of the mounting structures and DC-cables in Turkey. GE’s Grid Solutions business manufacturing site in Gebze, Turkey, will be producing transformers for integration in the solar inverter system. – TradeArabia News Service


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