EkoRE plans 1 GW vertically integrated PV factory in Turkey – pv magazine International


The Turkish solar company is planning to set up the manufacturing facility in the Bor Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ) of Niğde, in Central Anatolia. After the project was admitted to a special incentive program of the Turkish government this week, EkoRE is now seeking to attract investors.

Turkish solar and renewable energy project developer Eko Yenilenebilir Enerjiler A.S. (EkoRE) is planning to build a 1 GW solar module factory in Niğde, in the Turkish region of Central Anatolia.

According to information provided to pv magazine by EkoRE’s Business Development Manager Selen Inal, the factory would produce everything from ingots to wafers, solar cells, and photovoltaic modules, and would be located in the Bor Organized Industrial Zone (OIZ).

The company also revealed that on April 9, the project was awarded the “special project” status in the frame of the Turkish government’s “Project Based Investment Incentive System,” a 2.2 billion TRL (around $534 million) incentive scheme launched in August 2017, aimed at raising investments in the country. The scheme grants a series of incentives such as, income tax exemption, infrastructure support, exemptions for fees of permits such as EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and construction permit, reduced electricity prices, custom duties exemptions, salary assistance, and favorable financing conditions.

“The most important feature of this new system is that it is “Project Based” and each project may be granted a flexible and customized incentive mechanism by the Ministry of Economy based on the nature of the project and investment,” Sinal stated.

As for the project’s location, Niğde, the company stressed it is close to the Mersin Port and to nearby Niğde-Aksaray Airport, which is expected to be functional soon. Products manufactured at the factory, in fact, are aimed at being distributed on a global scale, the company specified.

The Ömer Halisdemir (Niğde) University, which currently operates a cell production laboratory, will also cooperate in the project in terms of R&D activities and human resources.

No more details about the factory or the PV technology it will rely on were provided by the company. “We are now actively searching for investors, and we believe that the awarding of the “special status” project by the government will boost this process,” Sinal concluded.

In addition to the operational 300 MW module factory of Chinese manufacturer China Sunergy, in Turkey there is currently another 1 GW factory under construction, that of Korea-based solar producer Hanwha Q Cells, which is expected to be completed in November.

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