11MW OF Q.PRO MODULES ALREADY UTILIZED IN POWER PLANT IN FRANCE
EUROPE’S LARGEST PV PROVIDER EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE ON THE FRENCH PV MARKET
Q CELLS OFFERS FRENCH INSTALLERS LONG-TERM CO-OPERATION, SERVICE AND FINANCIAL STABILITY
Hanwha Q CELLS, Europe’s largest PV provider headquartered in Germany, today announced the supply of more than 42,000 modules of its Q.PRO-G3 series for an 11MW solar farm in South of France. As one of the world’s leading solar companies Hanwha Q CELLS has teamed up with Martifer Solar for the project. Moreover both companies expand their co-operation in Europe by collaborating on more than 30MW module supply of Q CELLS solar modules in different European countries.
“We are satisfied with the commitment and quality of Q CELLS modules and look forward to continue collaborating in our future PV plants. Martifer Solar is prepared to develop and maintain key strategic partnerships in order to advance our business model and drive down the LCoE in post-FIT markets, such as France,” said Bernardo Mota Veiga, Head of Manufacturing, Purchasing & Trading of Portugal-based Martifer Solar. And Hanwha Q CELLS’ Key Account Manager for Portugal, Luis Perez, added, “We are glad to supply our ‘Engineered in Germany’ solar modules for another PV project of Martifer Solar in Europe.” Martifer Solar was responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the 11 MW solar farm in the south of France and will manage the subsequent operations and maintenance (O&M). The PV park has been installed in just ten weeks’ time on an area of approximately 200,000 m2. The ground-mounted plant will generate an estimated 17 GWh of clean energy per year; enough to power approximately 1,860 local households and save approximately 1,345 tons of carbon emissions each year.
Q CELLS strengthens its position in France
After opening its first office in the country at the end of March 2014 Hanwha Q CELLS now strengthens its position on France’s PV market through the 11MW plant and the module supply agreement with Martifer Solar. “France is one of Hanwha Q CELLS’ focus markets in Europe. And we are consistently gaining market share in France,” said Philippe Pflieger, Hanwha Q CELLS’ Head of Sales France. According to analysts at NPD Solarbuzz, France will be one of the recovering European PV markets this year next to the U.K. and Italy. According to Davide Pacheco, Country Manager of France for Martifer Solar, “This accomplishment contributes to the clear path set by recently appointed French Energy Minister for green growth in the country, where solar energy is undoubtedly an affordable and competitive solution.”
Hanwha Q CELLS offers installers long-term cooperation, service and financial stability in France
Moreover, in an independent study among high-volume installers in France, Germany, the UK and Italy, the Q CELLS brand generally achieved the best results in comparison to other manufacturers (“Top Brand PV Europe 2014” says market researcher EuPD Research). Europe’s largest PV provider, Hanwha Q CELLS, is aiming at beginning new partnerships with medium-sized and large-scale installers in France. “Thanks to its high irradiation PV makes a lot of sense in France’s sunny regions,” added Philippe Pflieger. “We should be able to provide a “full system” C&I kit to the installers in Q4 2014.” With a strengthened team and the new office the company is offering an on-site service throughout the entire country as well as a long-term cooperation and financial stability.
Martifer Solar is a leading fully-integrated player in the global photovoltaic market focused on Development, EPC and O&M Service. The company is based in Portugal and has presence in Europe (Spain, Italy, Greece, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania and Ukraine), North and Latin America (United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil and Ecuador), Africa (Cape Verde, Mozambique and South Africa) and Asia (India, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan). In 2013, Martifer Solar’s revenues reached 274.7 million euros and, to date, the company has implemented more than 500 MW of photovoltaic solar energy worldwide. For more information, visit: www.martifersolar.com.
Hanwha Q CELLS is headquartered in Germany and Europe´s largest provider in photovoltaics. The company offers a wide range of high quality photovoltaic products, solutions and services “Engineered in Germany”. Next to its premium quality products from high-quality solar modules to systems and power plants the company also offers long-term partnership and financial stability being part of the South Korean Top-Ten business enterprise Hanwha Group. At its headquarters in Thalheim (Germany) Hanwha Q CELLS has a unique setup of R&D, production and quality management, enabling the company to develop leading products and manufacturing innovations. Hanwha Q CELLS` products are developed at its headquarters in Germany and manufactured in the company´s production plants in Germany, Malaysia and additional mass production sites in Europe and Asia. Hanwha Q CELLS sells its products under the “Q CELLS” brand via its international sales network with branches in Germany (HQ), Malaysia, Japan, USA, Korea, France, Turkey, Chile and Australia. Thanks to its truly international setup, high quality products and the financial stability, Hanwha Q CELLS is THE reliable partner for PV customers around the globe. For more information, visit: www.q-cells.com.
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