GE Renewable Energy has won a contract to deliver inverters for a Turkish solar project totalling 1080MW in capacity.
Developer Kalyon chose GE to deliver its Flexinverter solar power station technology for the 270MW Karapinar phase 2-A and 810MW Karapinar phase 2-B solar project. The scope of work includes design, engineering, project management, site management and commissioning. The project located in Turkey’s Konya Karapinar province is expected to reach commercial operations by December 2022. GE Renewable Energy has already completed the commissioning of the Flexinverter solar power station technology for the 267MW Karapinar phase 1 solar plant. The Karapinar solar power plant is part of the first Turkish solar YEKA tender launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Energy. The solar complex will help Turkey meet its goal of commissioning 10GW of solar capacity between 2017-27, according to the International Energy Agency. A Kalyon energy executive board member said: “We are glad to partner with GE on this giant renewable energy project in Turkey. “GE’s deep expertise in the solar space has meant we have successfully commissioned 267MW together and are about to start Phase 2-A and B (together 1080 MW) commissioning activities very soon. “Despite the tough environment around the pandemic, GE has delivered our equipment and allowed us to reach the commercial operations as scheduled.”
GE renewable hybrids CEO Prakash Chandra added: “There is tremendous potential for solar energy in Turkey which can be addressed through smart solutions that will help integrate this natural energy source into the grid in a reliable way and at utility scale. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Kalyon on these projects and look forward to more opportunities to increase the penetration of renewable energy in Turkey.” Karapinar represents GE’s first Flexinverter contract outside the US. The equipment is an integrated containerised solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer, and an optional MV ring main unit. GE will be localising production of the mounting structures and DC-cables in Turkey. GE’s Grid Solutions factory in Gebze, in Turkey, will be producing transformers for integration in the solar inverter system.