GE Renewable Energy has completed the construction and commissioning of 53 MW of Kirazli and 32 MW of Meryem wind farms in Turkey.
These two wind farms are part of a larger order made a year ago by Turkerler and RT Enerjito to supply five wind farms. In total, the five onshore wind farms (Kirazli, Meryem, Sile, Pamukova and Mahmut Sevket) comprise forty-nine of GE’s 3 MW onshore wind turbines, with a total capacity of 158 MW to supply renewable energy to the area, powering an equivalent of 183,000 homes.
The wind farm facility in Kirazli presented significant technical challenges, as the site is located at the top of the hill and at the end of a narrow, winding 20-kilometer rural road that crosses farms and villages.
“As RT-Turkerler joint venture, resulting synergy emerged in our work together with GE’s headquarters and Turkey team is pleasing for our company. With this synergy, we are commissioning Meryem & Kirazlı wind power plants. On the other hand, our portfolio of 158 MW, including these two projects, benefits from tariff guarantee (plus local content incentive). GE is not only a supplier for us, but also a solution partner in this meaningful journey.“Ramazan Tas, chairman of the board of RT Enerji and Kazım TURKER, chairman of the board of Turkerler.
GE has produced blades locally at its LM Wind Power wind turbine manufacturing plant in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey, with more than 450 employees.
“With a more than 1.2 GW installed base and 500 wind turbines installed in Turkey, we are thrilled to be bringing new wind energy projects to life and additional renewable energy to Turkey. 2020 is a very important year for the Turkish wind industry given the Feed-In-Tariff in place and we are proud to take part of this momentum, together with Turkerler and RT Enerji.“Manar Al-Moneef, onshore wind MENAT CEO, GE Renewable Energy.