Another big wind plant has come on line in Turkey with the commissioning of 30.4 MW at Sayalar, near Izmir, at the end of December. The project was developed and built by Turkish owner-operator Demirer Holding and is co-owned by Polat Energy, a local production and distribution company. Enercon supplied the 38, 800 kW turbines. To connect them to grid, Demirer had to lay a 30 kilometre cable, for which it will be reimbursed by means of reduced transmission taxes until the investment is recouped. The project is one of only seven so far in the world to qualify for status as a "Gold Standard" voluntary carbon offset project, designed for countries which are not signed up to the Kyoto Protocol. The plant has been fully certified by Germany's TÜV and the owners will be able to sell the "voluntary emission reduction" certificates (VERs) to boost revenue. Next up for Demirer will be 28.8 MW at Datça, in Mugla province, which is co-owned by Enercon, the supplier of the 36, 800 kW turbines. This will bring Demirer's total installed capacity to 145.7 MW. Looking ahead, Önder Demirer says he expects the company to bring 100 MW on line this year, 200 MW in 2009 and 460 MW by 2010. By then he should be hearing the outcome of his bid for production licences for 5200 MW, which he submitted in the autumn when the market regulator temporarily (and briefly) opened the door for applications late last year (Windpower Monthly, November 2007).
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