Ezine, Turkey, June 21, 2011 — Turkey's first wind farm to be produced by a joint venture of GAMA Holding A.S. and GE unit GE Energy Financial Services is now selling clean electricity and helping the country meet its renewable energy generation targets.
Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources approved commercial operation of the Sares wind farm, the first in Turkey owned by Ankara-based GAMA Enerji A.S., the joint venture of GEEFS and GAMA Holding.
The GE-GAMA joint venture is also developing the 10-MW Karadag wind farm, 350 kilometers south of Sares. Project construction, also using GE's 2.5-MW turbines, is expected to start in the third quarter of this year, with completion expected in the second quarter of next year. While GAMA Enerji has invested in the Sares and Karadag projects, GE Energy will maintain them under a services agreement, and GAMA Enerji will operate them.
GAMA Enerji estimates that the two wind farms will generate enough electricity to power 59,000 average Turkish homes and avoid 80,000 tons a year in greenhouse gas emissions. Turkey's Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources aims to generate 20 percent of the country's electricity from renewable resources by 2020.