Geothermal represents 11% of electricity under Turkey’s renewable FIT scheme in 2016

Geothermal represents 11% of electricity under Turkey’s renewable FIT scheme in 2016 Germencik 2 (Effe 3) Geothermal Power Plant, Turkey (source: Ormat Technologies)
Alexander Richter 30 Jan 2017

Under Turkey's renewable energy feed-in-tariff system, around 752 MW of geothermal capacity or 5% of installed renewable energy capacity, produced 11.2% of electricity and generated a FIT payout to geothermal operators of around $695 million.

Under  the Turkish Renewable Energy Resources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM), Turkey has published data from clean electricity generation in 2016, as reported today by Anadolu Agency from Turkey.

The YEKDEM program was launched in 2011 with the goal to help efficient use of renewable energy sources and support development.

These capacity payment mechanisms, similar to e.g. the one used in the UK, is a fixed revenue system of payments for participants offering generation capacity.

In 2016, Turkey produced 59 billion kW-hours of renewable energy sourced electricity and plans to expand it to 69 billion kW-hours in 2017. Under the YEKDEM mechanisms, a specific tariff is provided for renewable energy projects, for geothermal energy this tariff is $0.105/kWh, with additional bonus payment for plants utilising equipment made in Turkey.


Last year, the overall installed capacity under YEKDEM was around 14,648 MW from 556 power plants. About 752 MW of geothermal power generation capacity were part of that at the end of 2016. So while this only represents 5% of installed capacity under the scheme, the electricity production from geothermal represents 6.6 bn kWh or 11.2% of total electricity generated in 2016 under the scheme. The payout for geothermal operators was $695 million in 2016.

The installed renewable energy capacity under the YEKDEM scheme is to grow to 17,400 MW from 647 power plants in 2017, of which a not too small part will be from geothermal plants. … we can likely expect another 100-150 MW to be starting operation in Turkey next year.


The tariffs are currently available for renewable energy projects that will be operational at the latest by year-end 2020.

Source: Anadolu Agency