San Francisco, 26 October 2010 – Q-Cells SE, a global leader in designing, building and managing financially sustainable solar power generation systems, opens its doors to the North American market. The company, headquartered in Germany with approximately 2,500 employees in offices throughout Europe and Asia, has officially opened its doors and operations in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Q-Cells North America will be led by Marc van Gerven, Q-Cells North America CEO, who sees California, with more than 50 percent of the solar power market in the U.S., as the perfect state to make its debut.
“Q-Cells North America is in the business of giving its customers return on their investments in solar energy by designing, building and managing financially sustainable 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, which ensures rapid growth for Q-Cells and contributes to overall economic progression.”
The announcement demonstrates the Bay Area’s continued momentum in the clean energy sector. According to a January 2010 report from Next 10, a nonpartisan think tank, the Bay Area has the nation’s largest concentration of cleantech jobs, with more than 7,000 jobs in the renewable energy space alone.
The Mayor’s office welcomes the immediate and long-term benefits Q-Cells brings to San Francisco.
“Internationally, Q-Cells has stood out as a proven leader in the solar power plants market, and their decision to expand their presence to North America by way of San Francisco is uplifting,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “It will create jobs, helping to grow our local economy and further confirm the Bay Area as a world-class hub for renewable energy innovation.”Q-Cells North America brings more than a decade of experience delivering financially sustainable solar solutions, services and best-of-world partnerships in the European market. Now, customers seeking to minimize uncertainty and risk while optimizing their overall return on investment in solar energy can turn to Q-Cells for solar power production solutions everywhere in North America from Southern California to Ontario, Canada.
For more information about Q-Cells North America, please visit www.q-cells.com.