Turkey, which is a latecomer to solar development, has just completed an auction to build the country’s largest solar project. The $1.3 billion, 1,000-megawatt Karapınar solar power plant in Central Anatolia is being billed as “a mega project in energy.” The project would actually be one of the world’s biggest – on condition of investment in local manufacturing capacity and R&D. Turkey is highly dependent on imported Russian and Iranian gas for power generation, but until now has done little to develop its solar potential, which rivals some of the best solar resources in Europe. As of last year, Italy had 19,279 MW of solar PV installed, Spain 5,490 MW, Greece 2,611 MW, and Turkey just 832 MW, according to BP data.
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