Wind power energy

Wind power already feeds 8 million households in Turkey

Turkish government has set the goal of reaching 20,000 MW of installed wind power in 10 years. Most of the wind farms in Turkey are located in the Marmara and Aegean regions.

About 8 million households in Turkey were supplied with electricity during 2019 thanks to wind energy, according to a report presented on Wednesday by the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TÜREB), which indicates that last year the installed capacity of this renewable energy increased in 687 Megawatts (MW) to a total of 8,056 MW across the country.

The TÜREB report indicates that more than 75% of the wind farms built in Turkey are located in the Aegean and Marmara regions, the most populous in the country, while 12.3% are located in the Mediterranean (south) and the rest are distributed by other parts of the territory of the Eurasian country.

In fact, the Aegean province of İzmir has the largest installed wind capacity, with 1,549 MW; it is followed in second place by Balıkesir -located just to the north- with 1,363 MW, while third place is occupied by the neighbouring province of Manisa with 689.9 MW installed. Throughout Turkey, 198 wind farms operate, to which must be added another 25 under construction that will increase the installed capacity by another 1,309 MW, according to TÜREB.

Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources estimates that the country has a wind power generation potential of 48,000 MW, although it is still far from reaching that goal. The Turkish government has proposed in the next 10 years to increase the installed capacity by another 10,000 MW to reach around 20,000 MW of capacity.