February 14 (Renewables Now) – Turkey’s wind power capacity reached 7,369 MW in 2018, an increase of 7.24% on the year, with as many as 180 plants operating in the country, according to the latest report by the Turkish Wind Energy Association (Tureb) published on Tuesday.
A total of 497.25 MW were installed in 2018, down from 766.5 MW added a year earlier. In the ten-year period, installations peaked in 2016 with 1,387 MW of new capacity.
Wind had an average annual share of 6.78% in Turkey’s power mix in 2018, ranging from a low of 5.04% in July to a high of 8.78% in August.
Polat Enerji is Turkey’s largest investor in wind power with 566.68 MW of plants in operation and a market share of 7.69%.
Germany’s Nordex (ETR:NDX1) is the wind turbine maker of choice in the Turkish market, occupying a 27.43% market share with 2,021 MW installed.
The Aegean region is the leader in operational wind power capacity with 2,832 MW installed, followed by Marmara with 2,449 MW and the Mediterranean region with 996.1 MW.
By cities, Izmir takes the lead with 1,405 MW of wind plants in operation, ahead of Balikesir in the Marmara region with 1,123 MW. Istanbul is ranked ninth with 256.9 MW. Turkey’s capital Ankara is not listed in the Tureb report.
As of January 2019, a total of 18 projects with a combined capacity of 606.20 MW are under construction. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (BME:SGRE) is the top turbine supplier for wind parks currently in the works, delivering machines of 340.8 MW.
Commenting on the report, Tureb president Mustafa Serdar Ataseven told business newspaper Dunya that the wind power industry saw investments of USD 650 million (EUR 576.9m) in 2018, despite economic difficulties.
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