Turkey’s energy ministry, with the help of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), has prepared the country’s first national renewable energy action plan.

The EBRD says the plan, which calls for Turkey to raise its total renewables capacity from an estimated 25.58GW at the end of 2013 to 61GW in 2023, sets out a course of action for Turkey to attract more investment in renewables projects. Renewables are intended to comprise almost half of Turkey’s total power generating capacity, and 38% of power generation by the latter date. Hydropower currently provides 87% of Turkey’s renewables capacity, but this share is set to fall to 56% by 2023 with non-hydro renewables in general and wind – the largest element of this – increasing sevenfold over the same period (see table and charts). The EBRD says the aim is to raise capacity for all types of renewables, so that in 2023 Turkey will have 34GW of hydropower capacity, 20GW of wind, 5GW of solar, 1GW of geothermal and 1 GW of biomass. (CONTINUED - 566 WORDS)