With 22 million square meters of solar panels across the country, Turkey saves $ 200 million annually in energy costs, according to Turkey’s Energy Minister, Fatih Donmaz.
Sabah newspaper quoted the Turkish minister as saying that the widespread use of solar panels has made Turkey second only to China and the United States of America in this field.
He added that solar collectors have been installed on a large scale on the roofs of homes in Anatolia to ensure hot water. Given this culture, it is not surprising that Turkey ranks third in the world in this field.
Donmaz said that Germany, Brazil, India, Australia, Israel and Italy are all following Turkey in using solar panels to heat water, indicating that the ministry aims to create a profile for the investor to produce his own electricity through new solar energy applications on roofs and facades.
According to the Ministry of Energy, the average sunshine hours in Turkey are 2,714 hours per year and 7.5 hours per day, which makes the country possessing solar energy of 6,200 megawatts, which is far below its potential.
In order to fully utilize its solar energy, Turkey continues to expand its solar energy utilization plans with new projects and incentives, including applications for commercial and home rooftops.
According to a recent report by the Turkish Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, it was revealed that widespread surface applications to increase solar energy storage could reduce the investment payback period to two years by 2030.
Last May, the Ministry of Energy announced that a tender would be launched for new solar energy projects with a total capacity of 1 gigabyte, within the national energy program known as “Renewable Energy Zones”, known as “WICA”.