First Solar makes inroads in Turkish solar market
First Solar says it has booked 160 megawatt of photovoltaic module sales in Turkey in the first half of 2016
First Solar says it has booked 160MW of photovoltaic (PV) module sales in Turkey in the first half of 2016.
The orders were placed by Basariarge Enerji A.S. and Zorlu Enerji.
Zorlu Enerji, a subsidiary of Zorlu Holding, has contracted First Solar to supply 100MWDC of its thin film modules for projects expected to be constructed and commissioned in 2017.
Basariarge Enerji A.S. – a joint venture between Basari Yatirimlar, a Turkish infrastructure company, and the Basari Group – has placed orders for 60MWDC of modules that will power its own projects, as well as PV power plants that it will provide EPC services for. The first modules will be delivered in late 2016.
Georges Antoun, First Solar's chief commercial officer, said: "Zorlu Enerji and Basariarge Enerji join a fast-growing list of Turkish energy companies that benefit from the tangible upside that First Solar's energy yield advantage delivers in the country.
"These agreements confirm assessments that solar energy in general, and First Solar technology in particular, is the right response to Turkey's energy security challenges - reliably delivering cost-competitive electricity that addresses an immediate need. They also reaffirm First Solar's belief in the sustainability of Turkey's solar energy market."