In 2019, Turkey records a further 648 MW of unlicensed PV capacity

As of the end of March 2018, Turkey's cumulative registered unlicensed PV capacity reached 4,59 GW (AC), according to new statistics published by the state-owned grid operator, TEIAS, which appeared on the company's general manager 's twitter account, Abdullah Atalay. In March alone, unlicensed newly registered solar power amounted to 648 MW. Meanwhile, new registrations for unlicensed PV projects up to 1 MW reached around 522 MW in January and February. 

Since the beginning of this year, approximately 1,170 MW of new, unlicensed projects have therefore been registered by the official statistics of TEIAð. 
As for other new renewable energy sources, the wind added about 38 MW in March, while the newly registered capacity for geothermal power was 65 MW. The figures of the grid operator have consistently been questioned by several experts in the Turkish solar energy sector, as previously reported by pv magazine. Indeed, although Günder claims that these numbers relate to operational solar installations, local experts find that only a portion of this capacity is currently online, while the rest is simply registered for grid connection. 

Confusion could also have arisen as a result of data overlap between 2016 and 2017, IHS Markit analyst Susanne von Aichberger told pv magazine recently. Whether or not all of the registered capacity is actually installed, the figures of TEIAS clearly show that Turkey is one of the most interesting solar markets at present. SolarPower Europe has installed 1,79 GW of new PV capacity in 2017 according to the European solar body. 

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