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GE Renewables to power Turkey with 1.3 GW solar projects

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Turkey’s construction group Kalyon to deliver its FLEXINVERTER solar power station technology for the 270 megawatts (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.

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 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity between 2017-27.

“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 a utility-scale,” said Prakash Chandra, CEO Renewable Hybrids at GE Renewable Energy. “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.”

This project represents GE’s first FLEXINVERTER implementation outside the US. The FLEXINVERTER Solar Power Station is an integrated containerised solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer and an optional MV Ring Main Unit, all integrated into a standard 20-feet ISO high cube container. The technology is a smart solution that helps deliver a reliable, cost-effective, plug and 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.

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