TURKEY: National infrastructure manager TCDD has begun work on the development of a 10 MW solar power plant in Balıkesir in the northwest of the country.

Costing around TL36m to develop, the plant is the first of 10 facilities that TCDD intends to develop around Turkey in order to help achieve its aim of meeting 75% of its energy supply requirements from renewable sources by 2025. It is also seeking to reduce its CO2 emissions caused by traction power supplies by at least 75% compared to 1990 levels by 2035.

In April last year, TCDD announced plans to develop 170 MW of solar and 90 MW of wind power generation, with some additional solar capacity to be installed at stations.