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“WE ARE AGAINST THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER PLANTS IN AGRICULTURAL LANDS”

Press release…

The share of solar energy in Türkiye’s 104,800 Megawatts (MW) installed capacity reached 10,195 MW as of the end of June. Solar energy, which has a share of 10 per cent in the installed capacity of Türkiye, which is among the fastest growing countries in Europe in this field, is targeted to reach 52 thousand 300 MW in 2035.

Drawing attention to the importance of establishing licensed solar power plants (SPPs) away from city centres and on lands that have completely lost their agricultural qualities, Energy Industrialists and Business People Association (ENSIA) Board Member and HSA Energy General Manager Mehmet Doğan emphasised that energy production and food security cannot be alternatives to each other.

“FOOD AND ENERGY ARE NOT ALTERNATIVES TO EACH OTHER”

Drawing attention to the fact that rooftop SPP installations in Türkiye are still far below the potential, Doğan said, “Our country has passed the 10 thousand MW limit, which is considered as the psychological threshold in solar energy, in June. While we applaud this important achievement, we need to recognise that we still have a long way to go. In our country, the potential electricity energy that we can generate only from roof-type SPPs is 55 thousand MW. In other words, more than five times the potential of all the SPPs we have built so far is waiting to be used on our roofs.”

“Our priority should definitely be roof-type SPPs. All obstacles in front of every citizen who has the power and opportunity to become an energy producer should be removed. Licensed power plants should be built far away from settlements and on lands that have completely lost their agricultural characteristics. It pains us that many power plants in our country are built in forest areas and agricultural lands. In addition, solar energy must be utilised in greenhouses specially designed to prevent water waste in agricultural production,” Doğan added…

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