Çatalca Wind Power Project in TurkeyClean electricity fed intothe public grid contributes to sustainable development
The Catalca wind farm generates clean electricity and feeds it into the public grid, a sustainable response to Turkey’s energy needs. Using wind power, a renewable energy source and a technology with low environmental impact, the project contributes to climate protection in the province of Istanbul.
The project addresses Turkey’s increasing energy deficit and helps diversify the mix of energy sources tapped for electricity generation. Mining activities posed a threat to the Catalca region’s historical forests, but the government decided to stop operations under the project. A conservation and reforestation plan has been implemented and no new construction is being allowed.
Moreover, the switch to wind energy, which replaces the area’s reliance on coal and gas-based electricity generation, yields remarkable ecological benefits. With a total electricity production of about 211 gigawatt hours per year, Catalca is one of the most important wind farms in Turkey. The wind farm substantially contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 149,000 tons per year. Swiss Post purchases a stake in this total volume with the «pro clima» surcharges.
Generating electricity from previously unexploited energy resources, the Çatalca wind farm brings in new income to the local community, helping alleviate poverty in rural areas and accelerating regional economic development. Construction of the Çatalca 60 MW Wind Power Project created local jobs and continues to do so in its operational phase. All materials for the foundations, cables and roads to access the wind farm were sourced locally, strongly contributing to economic development. Moreover, thanks to the new technology, regional tourism has increased and is being actively promoted by local institutions.
The project creates solutions to improve the lives of the local population and constantly supports the community in its development. Residents of the region were also highly involved in the decision-making process. The involvement of relevant stakeholders was a key issue in the planning of the Çatalca wind farm. Regional representatives from government and business were invited to voice their concerns. Their participation ensured that the project was in compliance with labour standards. Training of local workers for the wind farm constitutes another social benefit for the area.