April 12 (Renewables Now) - Companies from China and Europe are interested in investing in wind power in Turkey, where the government is preparing for a large tender, local news portal Enerji Haber said Tuesday.
In March, Turkey successfully completed a tender for 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity in Konya province. At the time, energy minister Berat Albayrak said he was hoping to announce a similar wind energy tender in the coming months.
Enerji Haber reports that the upcoming tender will seek proposals for wind power plants with capacities of at least 50 MW at Turkish renewable energy resources areas (YEKA). The tender winners are to sing 15 years power purchase contracts and own at least 20% in their projects.
The participants will have to comply with a 65% domestic content requirement and hire predominantly local employees -- 90% of the workforce at the wind farms. Winners in the tender will also have to invest in research and development (R&D) in Turkey.
In order to decrease the energy dependence of Turkey from imports the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has prepared new regulations in the field of wind energy projects development.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), as of the end of 2016, Turkey had wind power parks with a total capacity of 6,081 MW.