Turkey has a high solar energy potential, with an estimated technical potential of 87.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE). This means that Turkey has the potential to produce solar energy sufficient to meet approximately 10% of its current energy needs.
Turkey’s solar energy potential stems from its location in the Mediterranean region, which receives an average of 2766.5 hours of sunlight per year. This is more than twice the amount of sunlight received by Germany, a leading country in solar energy production.
With the Renewable Energy Incentive Program initiated in 2011, Turkey’s solar energy sector has been growing rapidly in recent years. In 2017, Turkey installed a solar energy capacity of 1.2 GW, becoming the 12th largest solar energy market in the world.
The most efficient regions in terms of solar energy potential are the southern regions. Especially the Mediterranean and Aegean Regions are ideal areas for the installation of solar energy systems. These regions can operate solar energy systems efficiently due to the intensity of sunlight and long sunbathing duration.
Although the Turkish solar energy sector is still in the development phase, it has the potential to play a significant role in the country’s energy future. With the right policies and investments, Turkey could become a leading producer in solar energy production.