June 5 (Renewables Now) - Quality assurance firm DNV GL has been engaged by Turkey's energy ministry to conduct a feasibility study for combining solar with energy storage to help with a possible integration of storage in the upcoming solar auctions.
In February this year, after completing its first wind and solar auction rounds, the Turkish energy ministry announced plans for two 1-GW renewable energy tenders, one for wind and for solar, in the summer of 2018.
DNV GL said today the Turkish government wants to check whether incorporating storage in the next solar auctions could lower the cost of energy. The firm added that within the next three months it will analyse storage technology worldwide to identify prequalification and technical specification requirements that can result in lower levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for solar power in Turkey.
Turkey has a 30% renewable energy target by 2030 and aims to achieve 5 GW of solar by 2023.
Andreas Schroeter of DNV GL said the country "is taking an exemplary step by considering storage solutions in their auction system."