EkoRE breaks ground on 1 GW PV module factory in Turkey

EkoRE is setting up Turkey’s first integrated solar panel production facility including ingot, wafer, cell and module production process in Bor Organized Industry Zone of Nigde. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 11, 2019 with the participation of Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey Mr. Fatih Dönmez. In the event, the company also revealed that the project has been awarded “special project” status under the Turkish government’s “Project Based Investment Incentive System,” a US$430 million incentive scheme launched in August 2017.

Eko Clean Energy Inc.’s “100% Domestic PV Panel Production for Energy Independence Project” was approved in accordance with the Project-Based Investment Incentive and the related document was made and presented by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip to CEO of EkoRE H.Serhan Süzer

EkoRE plans to focus and leverage Heterojunction (HJT) technology to reach higher degrees of efficiency at lower cost of production, Diamond wire technology to increase production output significantly and maximizes machine capacity, SmartWire Connection technology (SWCT) for reducing the negative effects of possible micro-cracks to a minimum to manufacture its first and the main products of 335 W 60 cells HTJ panel and 420W bi-facial 60 cells HTJ solar panel.

EkoRE targets launching a new global brand from Turkey by exporting at least 80% of the products produced on this facility and aims to gain a significant place in the international solar energy market. The project, which will contribute significantly to the regional economy, is expected to provide employment opportunities to approximately 1,500 people and aims to make this region as one of the significant technology centers.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the production facility, EkoRE CEO H.Serhan Süzer stated ; “We will provide a capital inflow of 700 million $ with the aim of producing 100% domestic PV modules. The area where we will establish a giant plant with four important processes such as ingot, wafer, cell and module production is enough for 2 GW production. Our project area is 620 acres, corresponding to about 85 football fields. At the beginning we will start with 1 GW capacity and will double the planned capacity if required. We plan to export from Mersin port to the world and we will export 80% of the products that we produce in our long term planning.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey Fatih Dönmez said “This outstanding facility will add dynamism to the renewable energy sector in Turkey and it will encourage the rapid growth of similar powerful projects in the region”.

Source: EkoRE