Turkish International Renewable Energy Award Winners

The Turkish International Renewable Energy Congress (TIREC), the leading Turkish renewables conference, yesterday announced the winners of the esteemed Turkish International Renewable Energy Awards. Following an overwhelming number of nominations, the panel of independent judges announced four awards for this year at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Barcel├│ Eresin Topkapi Hotel in Istanbul. The winners for 2012 are:

The Solarcity Green Antalya Project is a long-term initiative that for the first time in Turkey will create a Municipality respectful to climate, cultural, and natural heritage, and a sustainable and livable city.

All local stakeholders are involved in integrating sustainability measures into their infrastructure, utilizing solar PV on public works including street lights and office buildings. There is also a training facility that passes the experience of the project onto experts as well as raising awareness among the public.

Most Innovative Renewable Energy Company: Ormat

Ormat has over four decades of experience in the development of state-of-the-art, environmentally sound geothermal power solutions, primarily in geothermal energy and recovered energy generation. Ormat is today’s only vertically-integrated geothermal power company. Founded and still managed by pioneers in the geothermal power generation field, Ormat today employs over 1000 people worldwide.

Best Renewable Energy Collaboration: Soma Wind Farm by Polat Energy/EDF Using Enercon Turbines

With a capacity of 79.2MW, the Soma Wind Farm is one of the four largest wind farms in service in the country. Located in the northern Aegean region in the Manisa and Bal─▒kesir province, the facility was built by Istanbul-based Polat Enerji, in which EDF owns a 50 percent interest. The completion of this project continues the company’s expansion into Europe. The total capacity commissioned by EDF Energies in Turkey alone amounts to 128.2MW gross and 51.8MW net.

Green Energy Leadership Award: Ates Ugurel

Mr Ates Ugurel is the founder of iRES Energy, the exclusive partner of PhoenixSolar in Turkey and neighboring countries. iRES Enerji aims to be active both in large solar power plants and commercial rooftops, as well as implementing social responsibility projects based on renewable energy and ecological architecture. iRES Enerji built the first solarhouse in Antalya and published the first solar guide in Turkey.

Ates is also co-founder of Turkey’s most popular and oldest renewable energy channel, alternatifenerji.com, and in 2009, founded the solar networking platform SolarBaba. SolaBaba now informs over 40,000 people from Turkey and the rest of the world about the various aspects of solar energy on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google Plus.


Held alongside the Turkish International Renewable Energy Congress, these awards celebrate the projects and breakthroughs leading the next stage of Turkish renewables.

Nadim Chaudry, CEO of Green Power Conferences, the organizer of TIREC, commented, “These four award winners have helped advance technology in the industry and are setting records and inspiring the industry. We can all learn from their leadership and excellence.”

The congress, now in its 4th year, brings together 550 renewable energy experts to discuss how to drive forward this promising market. For more information on TIREC and other renewable energy events, visit Energy Insight’s Renewable Energy Conferences and Expos page.

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