Merzifon Enerji A.S. invested in a new wind power plant to generate renewable electricity to feed into the Turkish grid. The wind power plant is built close to Kayaduzu town of Merzifon district in the province of Amasya in Turkey. The use of wind power for electricity generation saves greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to the conventional generation mix in Turkey. The 40 MW wind farm provides 111 GWh of electricity per year – a yearly saving of 66,000 tons of CO2.
Building this project…
- Stimulates and commercializes the use of grid connected renewable energy technologies and markets in Turkey
- Increases Turkey’s independence from energy imports
- Demonstrates the viability of grid connected wind farms which can support improved energy security, improved air quality, alternative sustainable energy futures, improved local livelihoods and sustainable renewable energy industry development
Specific project goals are to:
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Help in stimulating the growth of the wind power industry in Turkey
- Create local employment during the construction and operation phase
- Reduce other pollutants resulting from the Turkish power generation industry
- Reduce the increasing energy deficit in Turkey and differentiate the electricity generation mix and reduce import dependency
Project impacts and benefits:
The wind power project Kayaduzu…
- Replaces the consumption of fossil fuels and thereby contributes to the conservation of water, soil, flora and fauna,
- Provides future generations with energy from renewable resources,
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions occurring from extraction, processing, transportation and burning of fossil fuels,
- Accelerates the growth of the wind power industry and thereby encourages other entrepreneurs to invest in wind power generation and reduces the import dependency especially on natural gas.
Social co-benefits of the project:
- Maintaining rural development in the areas around the project site by providing infrastructural investments,
- Reduction of local poverty and unemployment by increasing job opportunities,
- Local sourcing of construction and maintenance materials,
- Increasing the quality of regional electricity consumed by local electricity production,
- Strengthening of Turkish capabilities, competencies and self-reliance regarding introduction of innovative technologies.