The largest solar power plant in Europe with a capacity of 1350 megawatts was launched in Konya province in central Turkey on Tuesday.
This is reported by Daily Sabah.
The Kalyon Karapınar solar power plant, which has been built by the Turkish company Kalyon Energy since 2020, covers 20 million square meters of area and costs one billion dollars.
The plant consists of more than 3.2 million solar panels that will generate three million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. This is enough to provide electricity for 2 million people.
According to the Turkish authorities, Kalyon Karapınar will save $450 million in fossil fuel equivalent annually, prevent 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year and increase the share of solar energy in total energy production in Turkey by 20%.
According to the International Energy Agency, over the next five years, Turkey's renewable energy capacity will increase by about 64% to 90 gigawatts (GW), with solar and wind power accounting for almost 75% of this increase.
Author - Olena Madiak, 02/05/2023