It's not as large as it takes to generate electricity from solar energy. The Solar Atlas, released by WWF, reveals how much space will be needed in seven different regions of the world, when all of the electricity needs are being refute by solar energy. According to Atlas, it is possible to meet turkey's current electricity needs with solar panels that will spread to the area the size of atatürk Dam.
By assessing electricity demand in seven different geographies, including Turkey, in the Solar Atlas; the area required to meet the demand with solar panels was calculated.
Examples discussed sunbathing times, demographic changes and an increase in electricity consumption. The results reveal that less than one percent of the region's total area is sufficient to meet all of its electricity needs by 2050.
Generate Electricity from Solar Energy – Turkey Electricity Demand Increase
Electricity demand in Turkey increased by 56% between 2002 and 2011. The upward trend is expected to rise.
The demand is being countered by fossil fuels, especially natural gas and coal. Turkey's solar energy potential of 380 billion kilowatt hours/year is more than 1.5 times the current annual electricity consumption.
Atlas reveals that it is possible that the entire electricity needs of Turkey can be covered by solar panels that will spread over a total area of 790 km².
Given that the population and electricity consumption per capita will increase; In 2050, it is required to cover an area of 1,600 km², about the size of two Ataturk Dams, with solar panels to meet turkey's electricity needs. This measure is equivalent to 25 per 10,000 of turkey's area.
Samantha Smith, director of the WWF-Global Climate and Energy Initiative, said: "As the impact of global climate change on people and the environment increases; sustainability approach and the importance of renewable energy production facilities implemented in the right places.
Nature conservation and renewable energy need to be carried out and developed in parallel," he said.
WwF-Turkey General Manager Tolga Baştak "With energy efficiency measures and existing technologies, it is possible to obtain almost 100% of our electricity and energy need in 2050 from renewable energy sources.
In a sustainable future, different alternatives such as wind, solar and geothermal will surely be in place. With the Solar Atlas, we wanted to focus on only one of these alternatives and draw attention to the possibilities that solar energy offers us.
We want to raise the 6,000 MW installed solar energy target set for the 100th anniversary of our Republic and make the necessary arrangements for electricity distribution infrastructure, legislation and supports for the dissemination of solar energy," Hezbollah said.