GE Renewable Energy and Kalyon to Power Turkey with 1.3 GW Solar Projects

Source: 9/22/2021, Location: Europe

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Kalyon to deliver its FLEXINVERTER* solar power station technology for the 270 MW Karapinar phase II-A and 810 MW Karapinar phase II-B solar plant in Turkey. 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 267 MW Karapinar phase I solar plant.

The Karapinar solar power plant is part of the first Turkish solar YEKA tender launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Energy. It will enable the energy transition in the country and beyond, by helping Turkey to continue the expansion of renewable energy resources and commission 10 GW of solar capacity between 2017-27, according to IEA, and supporting our customer Kalyon to deliver more renewable energy to the world.

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 267 MW together and are about to start Phase II-A and B (together 1,080 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.”

Prakash Chandra, CEO Renewable Hybrids at GE Renewable Energy, said: “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.”

This project represents GE’s first FLEXINVERTER* implementation outside the US. The FLEXINVERTER* Solar Power Station (formerly known as LV5+ Solar Power Station) is an integrated containerized solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer, and an optional MV Ring Main Unit, all integrated in a standard 20-feet ISO high cube container. The technology is a smart solution that helps deliver a reliable, cost-effective, plug & play, factory-integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications. It helps reduce capital and operation costs and ensure a more reliable plant performance.

GE will be localizing production of the mounting structures and DC-cables in Turkey. GE’s Grid Solutions business manufacturing site in Gebze, Turkey, will be producing transformers for integration in the solar inverter system.

The FLEXINVERTER* is a key component of GE’s Renewable Hybrids FLEX portfolio, designed to solve customer needs through multiple applications to enable dispatchable, green MWhs. It also includes the FLEXRESERVOIR* and the FLEXIQ* technologies. The FLEXRESERVOIR* is a systems integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications. FLEXIQ* is a digital platform that provides design, operation and fleet management solutions to enable grid compliance and maximize lifetime customer value.

GE Renewable Energy is committed to enable the energy transition by supporting the work of our customers, every day. It the essence of our business, as we supply and maintain a global fleet of renewable energy assets, help reduce the cost of renewable energy, ensure grid resiliency, efficiency, and reliability, and make renewable energy function more dispatchable. It represents our identity, as we pursue our company strategy to more sustainable, circular design activities.

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