Turkey’s solar energy installed capacity is expected to increase by about 500 percent by 2035. With this increase, the capacity is expected to reach 52.9 GW, making solar energy the source with the highest installed power.
The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources’ National Energy Plan of Turkey has been published. The plan, which is based on Turkey’s goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2053, includes steps to be taken until 2035.
According to the plan, Turkey’s electricity installed capacity, which reached 95.9 GW at the end of 2020, is expected to increase to 189.7 GW in 2035, and the share of renewable energy sources in total installed power will increase from 52 percent in 2020 to 64.7 percent in 2035. Renewable energy sources constitute 74.3 percent of the 96.9 GW of new electricity capacity that needs to be commissioned until this period.
While the largest capacity increase is targeted in solar energy, Turkey’s solar energy installed capacity is planned to increase from 6.7 GW at the end of 2020 to 52.9 GW in 2035. This increase means that Turkey’s solar energy installed capacity will increase by approximately 500 percent by 2035, up from 9.32 GW in November 2022. If 52.9 GW of capacity is reached by 2035, solar energy will have the highest share in Turkey’s total electricity installed capacity.
In wind energy, the installed capacity is expected to reach 29.6 GW in 2035, which was 8.8 GW in 2020. The targeted capacity increase in wind energy stands out as 160 percent when the 11.36 GW capacity reached by November 2022 is taken into account.
In line with the targets of achieving net-zero emissions, the share of fossil fuels in Turkey’s primary energy consumption is projected to decrease from 83.3 percent in 2020 to 20.8 percent in 2053. The share of renewable energy sources in primary energy consumption is targeted to increase to 50 percent by 2053.
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