The feasibility study, which will be for combined solar and energy storage solutions, will help the Ministry’s Renewable Energy General Directorate to come up with best practices for a potential integration of energy storage in the country’s next solar auctions.

The Turkish government, having concluded its first auction rounds for wind and solar, is currently looking to verify if the integration of storage solutions in the upcoming solar auctions have the relevant potential to bring down the cost of energy further.

DNV GL said that within the next three months, it will review and analyze storage technology across the world to identify specific prequalification and technical specification requirements that can result in reduced levelized energy cost from solar power in Turkey.

DNV GL Central Europe and Mediterranean executive vice president Andreas Schröter said: “Turkey is taking an exemplary step by considering storage solutions in their auction system. With their experience from the past wind and solar auctions, the time is right to identify a holistic renewable energy approach.

“Having worked on solar + storage projects in other parts of the world, we are looking forward to support the Turkish government with our local team in Turkey to help them meet their aspirational targets.”

Turkey is taking up the project as part of its strategic plan to achieve the national renewable energy target of 30% of the total power produced from renewable source by 2030.

In this regard, the Turkish Ministry for Energy in late February said that it will issue a further 2GW of renewable projects in summer. Out of this, 1GW will be allocated to solar energy.

Through the 2GW tender, the Turkish government is looking to achieve its goal of 5GW of installed solar capacity by 2023, said DNV GL.