The Turkish Ministry of Energy has asked certification body DNV GL to do a feasibility study for combined solar and energy storage solutions.

The aim of the study is to provide the Ministry’s Renewable Energy General Directorate with best practices for a possible integration of energy storage in the upcoming solar auctions.Turkey plans solar with storage projects

The project is part of Turkey’s strategic plan to reach the national renewable energy target of 30 per cent of the total electricity generated from renewable source by 2030.

As part of this strategic ambition, the energy ministry announced in late February to issue another 2 GW of renewables projects this summer, one of which will consist of solar. With this new tender, the government aims to reach its goal of 5 GW installed solar capacity until 2023.

After completing its first auction rounds for both wind and solar, the Turkish government now aims to verify whether the integration of storage solutions in the next solar auctions have the relevant potential to further lower the cost of energy.

Within the next three months, DNV GL will review and analyze storage technology worldwide to identify specific prequalification and technical specification requirements that can lead to a lower levelized cost of energy from solar power in Turkey.

“Turkey is taking an exemplary step by considering storage solutions in their auctions system. With their experience from the past wind and solar auctions, the time is right to identify a holistic renewable energy approach,” said Andreas Schröter, executive vice-president for Central Europe and Mediterranean at DNV GL.

“Having worked on solar and storage projects in other parts of the world, we are looking forward to support the Turkish government with our local team in Turkey to help them meet their aspirational targets.”

A whole conference arena has been devoted to energy storage at Electrify Europe in Vienna this month. For details and to register to attend, click here