Turkey has significant available potential of renewable energies. Although legislation on the feed-in of renewable energy is already existing for years, there are still challenges in the practical implementation as well as with respect to the attainment of domestic value-added goals. The project aims to build the capacity of Turkish institutions to utilize German and international experience in the renewable energy sector and implement expansion targets on a sustainable basis.

The project consists of the following components:

  1. Optimization of legal, economic and technical conditions for the feed-in of renewable energies.
  2. Cross-sectoral policy dialogue involving the government, administration and private sector (including the banking industry) and civil society.
  3. Support for grid operators and local electricity suppliers through knowledge transfer for securing the integration of renewable energies into the grid.

The project is expected to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improve Turkey’s supply of electricity from sustainable and locally available sources. This will help to protect the climate, increase energy security and strengthen the Turkish economy for the future.


Turkey intends to reduce its dependence on energy imports. The objective of Turkey’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) presented under Directive 2009/28/EC is to establish strategies to promote the development of renewable energy in Turkey.

According to the national targets stated in the National Renewable Energy Action Plan, it is aimed to accelerate the development of renewable energy including the improvement of power system flexibility to integrate a larger share of renewable electricity. Turkey has pledged to develop 30 % of its total installed capacity from renewable sources by 2023. The objective is to add 34 GW of hydropower, 20 GW of wind energy, 5 GW of solar energy, 1 GW of geothermal and 1 GW of biomass. Moreover, it is highly emphasized that another target is to develop an appropriate framework to promote the penetration of distributed generation based on renewable energies.

The executing agency of the technical cooperation component is the Republic of Turkey, Ministry of the Energy and Natural Resources (MoENR). The project cooperates closely with other public and private actors.


The main objective of this project is to help the Turkish institutions to use German and other international experience in the field of renewable energies. The project will empower them to establish an improved environment for energy policy, promote the greater use of renewable energies and sustainably implement Turkey's goals of expanding power generation from renewable energies. Moreover, relevant Turkish institutions will possess the knowledge needed to establish the prerequisites for sustainably and advantageously integrating future growing shares of electricity generated from renewable energies.

Desired outputs are the following:

  1. The Turkish Government and relevant institutions will be provided with the knowledge and tools they need to support the successful implementation of the legislation mentioned above, on the feed-in of renewable energies and other relevant frameworks, and to monitor progress.
  2. Policy Makers, businesses and civil society recognize the benefits afforded by the wider use of renewable energies and develop positions, policies and programmes for their expansion.
  3. Institutions responsible for the transmission networks understand the grid-related challenges associated with more intensive use of renewable energies and have strategies and policies in place to deal with them.