Solar energy against poverty. – KACO new energy supports the Turkish TIDER foundation with donations from the sale of inverters.
KACO new energy supplies inverters to Eko Renewable Energy Inc. for an 8-megawatt solar park in Aydin. The German manufacturer is to donate part of the profits to the TIDER foundation, which aims to cover the basic needs of people living in poverty. German inverter manufacturer KACO new energy and the Turkish EPC Eko Renewable Energy Inc. (EkoRE) have signed a cooperation agreement. Their long-term collaboration is to begin with an 8-megawatt solar park in Aydin, in south-west Turkey, for which KACO new energy is to supply the inverters.
In the course of negotiations with EkoRE’s Chief Executive Officer, Serhan Süzer, KACO new energy Country Manager in Turkey, Nedret Ünlü, learned of TIDER (Temel İhtiyaç Derneği). The foundation is supported by EkoRE and aims to help people living under the poverty line and assist them in finding jobs. KACO new energy decided to also support TIDER: the foundation will receive a donation for each inverter supplied by KACO new energy as part of the contract for the solar park in Aydin. Furthermore, KACO new energy plans to continue to actively sponsor TIDER in the future.
About Eko Renewable Energy Inc. (EkoRE):
Eko Renewable Energy Inc. (EkoRE) is one of Turkey’s leading companies in the renewable energies sector. It offers innovative and reliable solutions with its EPC services. EkoRE produces turnkey systems ranging from small house systems to large-scale solar power plants. The company has specialist know-how in the fields of project administration, financing, engineering, procurement and construction. With a customer-oriented approach and its team of experts, EkoRE aims to set a quality benchmark in the field of renewable energies.
The aim of the organisation is to support people living under the poverty line and help them find jobs, as part of a campaign to fight poverty in Turkey. The first market helping people in need in this way in Turkey and serving as a point of contact was opened in Istanbul-Maltepe in the year 2015. To date, this “support market” has provided almost 5,000 families with food, cleaning products and clothing. In the course of the project, the foundation has also found new jobs for more than 50 people. TIDER plans to open the second market of this kind in Bağcılar-Esenler in 2017.
About KACO new energy:
KACO new energy is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of inverters for grid feed-in of solar power. Its product range covers the full power spectrum, from systems designed for a single family home to those for solar parks that produce megawatts of electricity. Since 1999, KACO, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, has supplied inverters with a cumulative power output of nine gigawatts. KACO new energy is the first company in the photovoltaic industry to achieve CO2-neutral production. Our technology offering extends from grid- and battery-connected solar inverters to inverters for combined heat and power plants and concentrator modules, as well as energy storage systems for solar power systems. In 2014 the firm celebrated the 100th birthday of the original parent company that, at the end of the 1930s, was one of first ever inverter manufacturers.