Hanwha Q CELLS Japan puts self-developed 24MW PV power plant into operation
-Over 97,000 Q.PRO-G3 modules to produce nearly 25 million kWh of clean electricity per year
-Successful installation in mountainous area
-Hanwha Q CELLS Japan expands its position as Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Japan
[Oita, Japan, 16 January, 2015] – Hanwha Q CELLS Japan today announced the completion and grid connection of the 24 MW “Hanwha Solar Power Kitsuki” PV power plant in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture in south-western Japan. The company has developed the project and will act as an independent power producer (IPP). The ground-mounted power plant consists of nearly 100,000 high quality Q.PRO-G3 solar panels and will generate an estimated 24,000 MWh of clean energy per year – enough to power more than 7,000 local households. Hanwha Q CELLS Japan has succeeded in installing the nearly 100,000 Q CELLS photovoltaic modules on a 300,000m² site using a construction method for mountain slopes by utilizing geographical features. The Oita prefecture is a leading region in Japan that actively promotes renewable energy from photovoltaic power systems.
The 24 MW PV power plant starts operations as the third IPP project by Hanwha Q CELLS Japan, following the “Awanishi Solar Hills Power Plant” (2MW; operational since July 2013; Awa City, Tokushima prefecture)” and “Hanwha Solar Power of Kushiro Plant” (0.8MW; operational since 2014; Kushiro City, Hokkaido).
In addition to these three projects, Hanwha Q CELLS Japan currently has two more IPP projects under construction – Kushiro City, Hokkaido (about 1.2 MW) and Awa City, Tokushima prefecture (about 3 MW). Hanwha Q CELLS Japan aims to develop power plants that are capable of producing more than 100 MW annually. The company further aims to contribute to the development of solar energy in Japan, not only by selling photovoltaic modules and systems, but also by supplying safe electric power permanently.
“We are very glad to provide the area with clean energy,” said Jongseo Kim, Managing Director of Hanwha Q CELLS Japan. “The Oita project strengthens our footprint as an independent power producer in the attractive Japanese market and underlines Hanwha Q CELLS international position as a provider of reliable and high quality power plant solutions.”
About Hanwha Q CELLS Japan
In 1984, Hanwha Q CELLS Japan was established as the Japanese subsidiary of Hanwha Group - one of the top ten business enterprises in South Korea – and celebrated its 30th anniversary in March 2014. Hanwha Q CELLS Japan works with various key industries from photovoltaic plant related enterprises (those which import and sell photovoltaic modules, IPP enterprises) to chemicals, iron and steel, machinery and plants, automobile parts, and IT related devices, and it develops the export and import business between Asian countries and business selling in the Japanese market. In terms of its photovoltaic business, Hanwha Q CELLS Japan is one of the top foreign-affiliated photovoltaic module manufacturer based on domestic shipments in 2013 (520MW). For more information, visit: URL: www.hanwha-japan.com
About Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS stands for globally high-flying and technologically leading photovoltaic solutions. Based on a strong financial position and many years of PV industry experience the business offers solar products, applications and complete solar parks as well as long-term partnership and services for all PV segments. Through a broad international setup the supplier successfully covers the world’s large and fast-growing solar markets and markets its products via an international sales-network with branches in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia. Around the globe customers trust in the Q CELLS brand which is famous for industry-leading technology, innovation and quality – “Engineered in Germany”. Q CELLS latest feature is the unique cell concept Q.ANTUM invented and commercialized to maximize the energy yield and thus ensuring lowest LCOE. Hanwha Q CELLS is currently on its way of merging with its sister company. Hanwha announced the merger of Hanwha Q CELLS and Hanwha SolarOne on 8 December 2014 to create a new solar power leader. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. Together with SolarOne, Q CELLS looks forward to growing its global leadership position. For more information, visit: www.q-cells.com.
About Hanwha Group
Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has 52 domestic affiliates and 126 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 60 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from basic chemicals and advanced materials to property development and total solar energy solutions. The finance network, covering banking, insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank finance group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses. For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com.
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