Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 9 December 2009 – Photovoltaic company Q-Cells SE is celebrating the toppingout of its 5.4 MWp (megawatts peak) solar power park in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. The giant array is being built on a 27-hectare site near Q-Cells’ headquarters in the German region of Saxony-Anhalt.
The some 48,780 thin-film modules at Bitterfeld-Wolfen Solar Park will provide enough electricity to supply around 1,750 households – and what’s more, they’ll save about 3,400 tonnes of CO2 every year. Only begun in October, the power plant is due to go on stream before the year is out once the five central inverters and the transfer station have been installed. The plant has been planned and built by Q-Cells SE’s wholly owned subsidiary Q-Cells International, while the thin-film modules have been supplied by Sunfilm AG, an associated company of Q-Cells SE.
“Bitterfeld-Wolfen Solar Park represents the first time we have built a large array out of thin-film modules. It demonstrates our ability to produce high quality in record time,” declares Dr Marko Schulz, a member of Q-Cells SE’s Executive Board, who is also in charge of Q-Cells International’s project activities. The solar power station is due to be completed and connected to the grid by the end of December 2009.
Mayor Petra Wust of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, clearly delighted by the new solar park, said: “We always endeavour to actively support the private sector and innovations as this is the only way our town can develop. The potential harboured by the solar industry in particular is enormous.”