Turkish farms will cover their own electrical demand through solar energy
by Metin Can
ISTANBULApr 07, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Metin Can
Apr 07, 2015 12:00 am
New projects are being devised and carried out daily for the agricultural sector, which is among the most significant market sectors in Turkey. In the upcoming period, the most important innovation for the sector, which is attempting to move to value-added production by minimizing energy expenses, will be solar energy.
The aim is to use solar energy to cover all energy expenses of agricultural lands that are large enough to support it. The devised system is especially advantageous for farmers using well water, since they have to pay high bills for using electrical engines to pump water from the ground.
The cost of this process decreases nearly one-10th and the system also recoups its costs within two years by operating drip irrigation systems.
The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of Finance are carrying out collaborative work to establish an effective incentive policy on this issue. The fact that the energy surplus obtained from the energy plants will be transferred to the government increases the attractiveness of the project, and the number of Turkish companies specializing in the field is increasing daily.