Solar power electric generation facilities in the forest villages will be expanded

Jan 1, 2018

7.3 million forest villagers live in Turkey and this population consists of the poorest part of Turkey. It has been aimed to disseminate the solar power electric generation facilities in the forest villages with the Sustainable Energy Financing Mechanism for Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Forest Villages project. Thus, the project will contribute to reducing the effects of climate change as well as opening access doors to the forest villagers to green energy will help to improve the situation of extreme poverty and the desperate situation in which forest villagers in Turkey.

Turkey's forest village project in the cooperative model with grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) will support the financing and promotion of the system. For the technical and economic feasibility of the sustainable energy financing mechanism within the scope of the project, pilot projects will be implemented in four forest villages of Afyon, Çorum, Elazığ and Konya and the results will be shared on a national scale.

In this context, stakeholder meetings are being held in the provinces where pilot facilities will be established for dissemination of solar energy electricity generation facilities in forest villages. First of these meetings were held in Konya with the participation of representatives of the Central and Regional Directorate of the OGM-ORKÖY Office, electric distribution companies, solar power plant production and installation companies. After the briefing about electricity generation from solar power and the project, the structure for energy generation in the villages to be built and the finance mechanism was discussed. Stakeholder meetings will continue in other provinces where pilot applications will be made.

Sustainable Energy Financing Mechanism for Solar Photovoltaic Systems in Forest Villages in Turkey project has been operated in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) by the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs (MFWA), General Directorate of Forestry (GDF) and Department of Forest Village Relations (ORKÖY) with the financial support of Global Environment Fund (GEF).

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