Efforts on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Southeast Anatolia Region was awarded as the “Energy Project of the Year in Middle East Region”

Oct 10, 2017

Utilization of Renewable Energy Resources and Increasing Energy Efficiency in Southeast Anatolia Region Project, which has been implemented by the Southeast Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA) and the UNDP, was awarded as the “Energy Project of the Year in Middle East Region” by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in Atlanta at 40th World Energy Engineering Congress.

Sadrettin Karahocagil, the President of GAR RDA said; “We are very pleased that our project, which we implemented for improvement of renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in our region, was internationally recognized and awarded by the world’s reputable organization on energy management. Our efforts on renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue through including the dimensions such as climate change, protection of environment, industrial resource efficiency, and urbanization.”


The project brought many successes to the region

The aim of the project was to promote the utilization of renewable energy resources in generating electric power and heat by taking the needs of the region into consideration, to realize the activities for improvement of energy efficiency, and in this way to support sustainable growth approach foreseen for the region.

The first regional level renewable energy and energy efficiency action plan was prepared within the project. First of its kind, a financial support program for improvement of energy efficiency in industry was formed together with development agencies in the region. Thus, awareness of industrial enterprises on energy efficiency was increased, and energy efficiency measures were identified for the industry companies that are operated in GAP region and those measures were implemented. The first Energy Efficiency Incubation Center was established in the region for conducting energy audits and providing consultancy services for improvement of energy efficiency in industry and construction sectors. The building of the center was designed and renovated according to the German Passive House Institute’s EnerPHit criteria. The Energy Efficiency Incubation Center building is the first and the only renovated energy efficient building that has the EnerPHit certification in Turkey.

Moreover, energy efficiency in irrigation pumps was measured and analyzed to find out the working conditions and characteristics of the irrigation pumps, which have key roles in energy consumption in the region. In addition to that, demo-solar irrigation systems were implemented to ensure wider use of solar panels in agricultural irrigation.

Feasibility study was done to assess the agricultural waste potential of Bismil and potential of energy production from these waste. Then, Bismil Agricultural Pellet Production and Marketing Cooperative was established and existing facility was supported with technical equipment for pellet production. The facility, which has 25 tons daily and 5,000 tons annually agricultural pellet production capacity, features to be the first in the region with the structure of the cooperative and for the utilization of the agricultural waste.

In the context of international networking strategy of the project, in 2016 Harran University GAP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Center (GAP-YENEV) was become the representation office of the Association of Energy Engineers in Turkey.


Who is the Association of Energy Engineers?

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a professional society based in USA with 17,500 members in over 98 countries. With its well-known energy certification programs, AEE works on energy management, renewable energy sustainability, and related fields and is the source for professionals in the energy and sustainability industry.

For further information: www.gapgreen.org

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