June 19, 2014 – Hanwha Q CELLS 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. Hanwha Q CELLS has teamed up with Martifer Solar for the project.
"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 11MW 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 200,000m2. The ground-mounted plant will generate an estimated 17GWh of clean energy per year; enough to power approximately 1,860 local households and save approximately 1,345 tons of carbon emissions each year.
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 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.