Turkish rail infrastructure operator TCDD has begun work on the construction of a 10 MW solar power plant in Balıkesir in the northwest of the country. It is reported by the Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Railway Gazette.


The construction of the plant, worth around TL 36 million, is the first of 10 facilities that TCDD intends to build in Turkey to reach its goal of meeting 75% of its energy supply needs from renewable sources by 2025. The project will also reduce CO2 emissions from traction power supplies by at least 75% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

Last April, TCDD announced plans to develop 170 MW solar and 90 MW wind, with some additional solar capacity to be installed at the stations.

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