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Turkey: 2013 a critical year for solar energy development

    2013 is expected to be a pivotal year for the Turkish solar industry, as the country¡¯s Energy Market Regulatory Authority gears up to distribute PV production licenses for projects larger than 1 MW. Meanwhile, cumulative capacity is expected to surpass 4 GW by 2017.
    Turkey¡¯s Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) is expected to begin distributing photovoltaic production licenses for projects larger than 1 MW this June. A total of 600 MW worth of licenses are planned to be awarded by the end of the year.
    While this presents many opportunities for the industry, the most positive prospects are expected to be found in the small-scale market, since projects under 1 MW are not required to obtain a production license. A total of 70 MW of new photovoltaic capacity is projected to be added this year via such projects.
  Overall, the Canada-based research company forecasts that Turkey will surpass 4 GW of installed photovoltaic capacity in 2017.
   Last year, the International Energy Agency found that Turkey installed approximately 2 MW.
   The need for solar High economic growth and soaring energy demand has forced Turkey to heavily rely on imported conventional energy sources, in particular, natural gas and coal, which has created a significant energy security problem.
   At the same time, electricity consumption in the country is said to have increased by 8% annually over the last 10 years, thus making the country the third largest electricity consumer in the Middle East.

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