Diyarbakır Solar Power Capacity Development Project Was Completed

Our project proposal for climate change that was opened last year was accepted in the scope of the United Kingdom Ankara Embassy Welfare Fund. Our project titled “Diyarbakır Solar Power Capacity Development Project”, carried out between May and December 2015, has been completed. With this funding provided, it is aimed to promote science and innovation in order to be able to solve the global problems for low carbon economy and flexible energy markets.

One of the most important reasons for choosing development of Solar Energy capacity as the topic of this Project is that nowadays the effects of climate change are seriously felt and it is necessary to extend the renewable energy resources such as Solar Power as much as possible. Turkey’s Electricity Energy is supplied by burning fossil fuels with an installed capacity of nearly 79%, which is the prime reason of global warming and has a serious impact on climate change. On the other hand, the share of solar power plants on installed capacity in Turkey is 0, 1%[2]. In this context, the aim of this project is to provide capacity development and to reach the investors for increasing investments in solar power, in a province with a high potential[3] of Solar Power like Diyarbakır, in cooperation with Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Meanwhile, a user-friendly guideline was prepared in which solar energy projects will be examined under two main headings as terrain type and roof type.

Within the scope of this project, the following activities were carried out and completed successfully.


By associating the steps to be followed in this process and points to pay attention for real or legal persons, who want to generate roof and terrain type electricity based on solar power,  we have published our user-friendly guideline in August. The prepared guideline draws attention to three main points:

  • The importance of renewable energy and solar power plants for reducing climate change impacts,
  • The process development of solar power plants,
  • Project financing.

The first basic point which is discussed in the guideline is the importance and necessity of renewable energy and especially solar power. In this context, the first part of the guideline is devoted to drawing attention to the importance of the use of renewable energy resources and especially the use of solar power plant investments in reducing the effects of climate change. Moreover, Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Region and the potential of the sun as well as the solar power systems in the region were discussed in detail.

The second and main part of the guide is devoted to the development of the solar power plant, which is the most problematic issue for investors. In this section, all the steps that need to be followed in the development process are explained in detail and supported with the visuals.

The last part of the manual is devoted to the project finance section. One of the most important points that investors should consider when dealing with the authorization process of unlicensed solar power plant projects is the profitability of the project. In this section of the guide; investment costs, cost in use and revenues are mentioned in detail. In addition, credit utilization, supports and insurance usage were included in the projects, depending on the amount of money invested in the project.


On 09.12.2015, a one-day training was given to the staff of Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Diyarbakır with the participation of 26 people. The aim of this training was to improve the capacity of DCCI staff and encourage members to invest in solar energy projects. In this context, in the given training; issues such as climate change and electricity generation from solar power, the application process of solar power plant, the evaluation of solar power plant applications, call letter, connection agreement, commence production of the facility, project cost items and expenses were mentioned.
Training of “Solar Power Plant Projects Development” was given in Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on 14-16 October. With these trainings, a wide range of participants such as DCCI members, representatives of Municipalities and Civil Society Organizations, university instructors and students have been reached in the issues solar power plants and solar power plant project development. In the training given in this scope; issues such as electricity generation from climate change and solar power, the process of solar power plant application, the evaluation of solar power plant applications, call letter, connection agreement and commence production of the facility, project cost items and expenses were mentioned.


A field visit activity was carried out for one day, on 21 November, 2015 to the solar power plant in Acıpayam, Denizli. During the field visit to the solar power plant, which is under construction and developed by Fartaş, 19 participants participated in the trainings, which were held in Diyarbakır on 13-16th of October, 2015. During the activity, the subjects related to the development of Solar Power Plants and their developments were shared with the participants by the project owners and Life Enerji experts. The participants had the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience about the construction process in the field. The field visit activity focused on 5 main topics. These topics are:

  • The Procedures and the Process of Solar Power Plant Project Development
  • Opportunities and Threats (Risks) with the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Project
  • The Choise of Equipment and Personnel in the Construction Process
  • The Project Cost Items and Expenses
  • Common Problems and Solutions During Construction


“Unlicensed Solar Power Plant Development Guideline”, which was prepared and pressed in August with intensive attention, was translated into English in December. The translation was done as a result of the interest of foreign investors, who want to invest in Turkey, on how these investments are progressing in Turkey.





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