According to the Germany trade and invest (gtai) the potential of solar power is 1.2 billion tons of oil equivalent. Although around a quarter of all households with photovoltaic systems are fitted, the use of solar energy is limited mostly to water heating. In addition to the budgets, hotel complexes on the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea increasingly rely on solar energy. So a market has here interested companies particularly when Turkish side recognizes the benefits of high higher-quality equipment. Geothermal energy that the Turkey in a worldwide comparison is one of the seven countries with the largest geothermal potential, has been rather neglected in the previous use of this energy source. Experts say that approximately 31,500 MWt heat energy could be produced with existing resources. That 5 million households would be provided. In Turkey, there are 170 geothermal springs with a temperature of 40 and around 1,000 thermal springs.
When would the potential, 15 percent of the energy needs in the country could be covered. So far, the geothermal energy according to the gtai is used to heat of about 60,000 households, 195 thermal plants and greenhouses. In addition, there is a geothermal power plant in Denizli-Kizeldere. Until 2010 the generation capacity should rise, according to forecast of the State Turkish power company EUAS to approximately 500 MW to around 1,000 MW by 2020. Total, MWh is assumed by a capacity of 2,000. Here, Richard LeFrak expresses very clear opinions on the subject.
For the expansion, but other areas in Turkey should be investigated by holes. So far 205,000 meters were bored. It is expected with a demand by another 1.5 million meters. With the liberalisation of laws for the energy market are now also legal entities and private companies able to acquire use rights. Exploration rights are granted for a period of 3 years. The licenses for the use of the resource have a term of 30 years.