Our mission is to promote solar photovoltaic power plants in forest villages by implementing the financing models proposed under the Project and in this way to increase the installed solar power generation capacity of Turkey.
The objective of the project is to increase the use of grid-connected photovoltaic systems as a sustainable means of generating electricity in the forest villages in Turkey by at least 30 MW by the end of the project. The project will pursue this objective by establishing a Sustainable Energy Finance Mechanism under ORKOY.
- Component 1 of the project is focused on developing and expanding the policy and institutional framework to promote on-grid, residential solar PV ;
- Component 2 is focused on demonstrating the technical and economic viability as well as the business model of the ORKOY sustainable energy financing mechanism for solar PV systems; and
- Component 3 will focus on scaling up and replication at the national level.
Detailed information on the outputs under each Component is included in the Project Document.
The project will assist Turkey with the promotion and financing of on-grid, solar PV in forest villages in Turkey, with special focus on a cooperatives model. Innovative public-private business models will be developed and implemented to provide affordable residential solar PV to forest cooperatives. The public support and involvement in the initiative is led by the Department of Forest Village Relations Department (ORKOY), working together with other key actors in the solar PV value chain, including private sector solar PV installers, Turkish utilities, and domestic and international banks as well as other institutions that provide financing.
The Project will promote an additional investment in PV technologies of at least 30 MW, which will increase the total installed PV generation capacity of Turkey by around 1%.
Currently, there has been no major emphasis of the ORKOY Social or Economic Credit programme on supporting renewable energy power generation projects (except the solar heating campaign) and the capacity of ORKOY staff to support such activities is insufficient. The Project will not only ensure that the ORKOY legislation supports renewable energy projects but also support ORKOY to build necessary capacity.
First of all, the Project prioritizes social development, and therefore, will encourage employment of women in operation, maintenance and cleaning of PV plants to be installed in forest villages.