Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Germany) / Los Angeles (USA), 12 October 2010 – Q-Cells SE, one of the largest suppliers of photovoltaic solutions is taking part in the 10th Solarpower International in the Los Angeles Convention Center from 12 to 14 October 2010 for the first time as a manufacturer of solar modules and as a general contractor for complete solar systems on the North American market. “Based on our longstanding experience in photovoltaic solutions, we offer solar systems particularly for North America with which we can address a clearly selected customer group”, says Nedim Cen, CEO of Q-Cells SE, explaining the strategic positioning of the photovoltaic company. From its base in the sunshine state of California, Q-Cells acts as a complete supplier of photovoltaic solutions, particularly for medium to large-scale solar projects in North America.
Solar Power Generation on Display at SPI
At Solar Power International 2010, Q-Cells will showcase its systems business, specifically its turnkey solar power generation systems at their booth (#3011). To go along with the company’s appearance at the conference, a crystalline solar module (Q.BASE), specially designed for use in large-scale solar parks and high-quality mono and multi crystalline (Q6LMX3 and Q6LTT3) silicon solar cells, will also be presented. “Our decade-long legacy in proven solar innovation, product and quality has opened up new opportunities for us as we continue to expand internationally,” said Nedim Cen, CEO of Q-Cells SE. “This year’s Solar Power International event is the largest yet, and we are delighted to be a part of it demonstrating our highly efficient solutions and thought leadership.” Q-Cells North America will be led by Marc van Gerven, who is speaking on a panel at Solar Power International 2010 entitled “Leading or Lagging? A comparison of the U.S. to the Rest of the world” on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. PT.
“Q-Cells North America is in the business of giving its customers return on their investments in solar energy by designing, building and managing solar power generation systems for the unique demands of North American solar power markets,” said Marc van Gerven. “It is no surprise that we chose the Bay Area as our strategic base of operation. Here, there is a solid existing network of renewable energy leaders for us to pull from and partner with, and many of them are here this week at Solar Power International.”
Q-Cells can offer wide-ranging comprehensive experience in systems business. This includes all services from project development and financing right up to construction and operation of solar power plants and roof-mounted systems throughout the entire lifetime. Q-Cells specialists have largely standardised the highly complex processes in planning and constructing large-scale solar power plants, thereby facilitating a high degree of planning security and rapid completion of projects. For example, one of the world’s largest solar parks in Strasskirchen, Germany, with 54 Megawatt peak (MWp), was constructed in a record time of less than six months and connected to the energy grid. Reliable operation, continuous monitoring of the plant’s output as well as all maintenance and repair work will be performed by Q-Cells as general contractor for a period of 20 years. Q-Cells thus covers the entire life cycle of medium and large-scale solar parks.
Major North American Projects already awarded to Q-Cells
Q-Cells has already landed successfully on the US and Canadian market. In early 2010, Q-Cells was awarded the contract for the construction of two 10 MWp solar plants in Sault Ste. Marie in the Canadian province of Ontario by Starwood Energy Group Global, LCC (Starwood Energy). Furthermore, Starwood SSM2, which will consist of three 10 MW solar photovoltaic power generation projects, is contracted under the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (“RESOP”) developed and overseen by the Ontario Power Authority (“OPA”) and will connect to local utility PUC Distribution, Inc.. Q-Cells received full notice to proceed. With a total of 50 MWp, these solar plants will generate power for more than 21,000 households.
In addition, Q-Cells founded a joint venture called the Ontario Solar PV Fields Inc. with Canada’s ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc.. With Photowatt as a partner company, ATS is an integrated manufacturer and developer of photovoltaic systems and will install the crystalline solar cells supplied by Q-Cells for the solar power plants. ATS and Q-Cells each hold a 50 percent interest in the project development company, which received conditional Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contracts from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in April 2010 for seven Ontario ground-mounted projects totalling 64 MWp. The projects represent approximately 10 percent of the 650 MWp of ground mounted solar projects awarded throughout the province and are expected to begin construction in 2011 and beyond.
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