What is the impact of the sudden strong earthquake in Turkey on the photovoltaic industry

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Turkey close to the Syrian border in the early morning of February 6 local time. The epicenter was located in Gaziantep Province, Turkey. Buildings collapsed on a large scale, and the number of casualties reached tens of thousands. As of press time, there are still a series of aftershocks in the local area, and the scope of the earthquake's impact has expanded to the entire southeastern part of Turkey.


Turkey's photovoltaic manufacturing industry was less affected by the earthquake, only affecting about 10% of module production capacity

Turkey's photovoltaic manufacturing industry is widely distributed, mainly in the southwest and northwest. According to statistics from TrendForce, the nominal production capacity of local photovoltaic modules in Turkey has exceeded 5GW. At present, only some small-capacity module factories in the earthquake area are affected. GTC (about 140MW), Gest Enerji (about 150MW), and Solarturk (about 250MW) account for about 10% of Turkey's total photovoltaic module production capacity.

Roof photovoltaics are most seriously affected by strong earthquakes

According to the reports of local news media, the continuous strong earthquake has caused great damage to the buildings in the area. The seismic strength of rooftop photovoltaics mainly depends on the earthquake resistance of the building itself. The large-scale landslides of low- and medium-rise buildings in the local area have caused irreparable damage to some rooftop photovoltaic systems. Ground photovoltaic power stations are generally built in remote areas with flat ground, few surrounding buildings, far away from high-density buildings such as cities, and the construction standard is higher than that of rooftop photovoltaics, which is less affected by earthquakes.

Post time: Feb-09-2023