Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 12 March 2012 - Q.CELLS, one of the world’s leading photovoltaics companies, has won contracts for four C&I solar projects in the central Greek region of Thessaly. The planned solar power plants have a combined electricity output of approximately 2.4 MWp, which represents enough green power for over 700 households in Greece – a country with more than enough of that vital resource, sunshine. Two systems with 500 kilowatt-peak (kWp) will be constructed on an open-field site near the town of Larisa, while the two others will be mounted on industrial buildings’ rooftops in the Larisa (530 kWp) and Farsala (830 kWp).
These undertakings represent yet another milestone in Q.CELLS’ process of international expansion. Clemens Jargon, head of sales & marketing and product management at Q-Cells, says, “We are extremely pleased to have an impressive debut on the Greek solar market with these contracts. The country’s photovoltaic (PV) market has tremendous potential, and Q-CELLS will continuously strengthen its position as partner for customers and supplier of PV quality products and system solutions for a wide range of business segments in this sun-kissed country.”
Greece is currently on its way to becoming a key future market for the photovoltaics industry. Right now, the country has approved planning permission for PV projects with a combined output of approximately 2 GWp, with 0.5-2 MWp being the average size of these undertakings.
The full range of Q.CELLS products is on offer in Greece, comprising everything from solar cells to modules and PV systems. Thanks to the close intertwinement between our research, development and production facilities in Germany, Q.CELLS is in a technologically leading position – in 2011 alone, we set six world records in product efficiency. Along with efficient energy generation, our solar cells’ safety standards and excellent output levels are crucial reasons why they are popular with our international clients. Q.CELLS has developed a quality assurance system which is unique within the solar cells industry. The so-called Q.CELLS Yield Security ensures that our solar modules have eliminated PID and hot spots, and each product has a unique ID that enables us to trace it back through the entire production process to its ultimate source.
For the realisation of PV-projects Q.CELLS’ Greek customers can enjoy the proven, comprehensive range of services: site and project development, support in obtaining financing, professional and timely installation. We also offer to oversee the running of a power plant and undertake maintenance work during its entire operative lifespan. Q.CELLS has developed its own standards for these and related business processes, thereby guaranteeing sites’ owners maximum investment security by ensuring reliable electricity output while simultaneously lowering operating costs. Since its foundation, Q-Cells has installed solar cells with a combined output of 460 MW, making us one of the top system integration experts in the world.
NOTIFICATION: We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2012 Ecotec trade fair in Athens, running from 15-18 March. We will be at stand no. 12 in hall 5 and visitors will have the chance to learn at first hand about our ground-breaking Q.CELLS technology. One product we’ll have on display is our Q.FLAT system, ideal for flat roofs and especially well suited to the conditions prevalent on industrial facilities’ rooftops in Greece. Q.CELLS will be present at the trade fair with our Greek business partner, Pacific Renew Energy.
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The Q.CELLS Group is one of the world’s leading photovoltaics companies and offers a wide range of photovoltaic solutions, from solar cells and modules to solar power plants. Q.CELLS’s products are developed and manufactured at its headquarters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Germany) and marketed via its global sales network. It also has a second production plant in Malaysia. More than 200 scientists and engineers at Q.CELLS are working to swiftly advance solar technology and achieve Q.CELLS’ twin aims: driving down the costs of photovoltaics quickly and permanently, and making solar power competitive. The close links between R&D and production enable Q.CELLS to rapidly translate cutting-edge innovation into mass production - and underpin its ambition to be at the forefront of photovoltaic technology. Q-Cells SE is quoted in the Prime Standard on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662).
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