- Switzerland remains an attractive market for PV installations
- 1.810 Q.PRO G3 modules with an output of 450 KWp installed in Sant’Antonio in the Swiss canton Ticino
- Solar Plant provides clean energy for 110 households
[Sant’Antonio, Switzerland / Thalheim, Germany, 6 February 2014] – The largest commercial solar plant in the Swiss canton of Ticino has been built with Q CELLS’ modules. The EPC contractor More Engineering planned and executed the 450 KWp rooftop project for Geniomeccanica SA, a precision mechanics company of the Wullschleger Group. The plant with 1,810 Q CELLS Q.PRO-G3 modules supplies 110 households with clean energy. After a period of just six weeks the installation was completed and connected to the grid.
Hanwha Q CELLS thereby increases its footprint in the attractive Swiss market. There 300 MW of photovoltaic peak capacity have been installed in 2013 alone. With a cumulative capacity of 730 MW, solar plants currently power 200,000 households across Switzerland. Switzerland has only marginally reduced its FITs this year which are under contract for 25 years.
Long-term investment security for commercial PV initiatives
“The PV plant delivers high yields and makes a valuable contribution to our company’s sustainability strategy,” said Dr. Paolo Bosshart, Product & Business Development Manager at Geniomeccanica SA. Hanwha Q CELLS was chosen over other PV module manufacturers due to the excellent quality and performance of its Q.PRO-G3 modules, featuring the innovative Q.ANTUM cell technology enabling increased cell efficiency and an improved output yield thanks to reflecting unused rays of light back into the cell. The module’s low-light behavior with an irradiance of 200 W/m² results in a module efficiency figure of 98 percent. Geniomeccanica SA benefits from an extensive investment security, ensured through a 12-year product warranty and 25-year linear performance warranty Hanwha Q CELLS grants for its high quality Q.PRO-G3 modules.
Q.PRO-G3: Highly efficient and robust solar modules for any application
Eng. Ivano Pola, Chief Engineer at More Engineering explained: “We decided to choose Q CELLS as the latest Q.PRO-G3 modules combine improved output yield as well as higher operating reliability and durability. Thus we are able to offer our customers a reliable and sustainable investment with high return.” Hanwha Q CELLS’ Anti PID Technology, Hot-Spot Protect and Traceable Quality Tra.QTM ensure long-term yield security – reaffirmed through strict VDE quality tests. With nominal power classes between 250–270 Wp, the Q.PRO-G3 modules are the reliable component for all applications and are therefore suited for a broad variety of PV projects. The module’s slim frame design in high-tech alloy results in a module weight of just 19 kg, Q.PRO-G3 modules are able to withstand wind loads of up to 5.400 Pa.
“We are very pleased about the excellent and extremely professional collaboration with More Engineering,” said Marco Dona, Sales Director Italy at Hanwha Q CELLS. “We continue to expand our presence in the European market. As solar energy doubled in Switzerland last year, we will do our share to further strengthen this development.”
About Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS is part of the South Korean Hanwha Group and one of the world’s leading photovoltaics companies, offering a wide range of high quality photovoltaic solutions “Engineered in Germany” – from solar cells and modules to solar system solutions and power plants. At its headquarters in Thalheim (Germany) Hanwha Q CELLS has a unique setup of R&D and production enabling the company to develop technologically leading products and innovative manufacturing methods. The cell production sites in Malaysia and Germany and the module production line in Germany are the core of manufacturing. In addition, the company converts its high-efficiency solar cells into modules in cooperation with certified contractors in Europe and Asia. Hanwha Q CELLS sells its products via its international sales network with branches in Germany (HQ), Malaysia, Korea, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. Thanks to its truly international setup, high quality products and the financial stability as part of Hanwha Group, Hanwha Q CELLS is the reliable partner for PV customers around the globe. http://www.q-cells.com.
About Hanwha Group
Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea with 51 domestic affiliates and 109 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 60 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from basic chemicals and advanced materials to property development and total solar energy solutions. The finance network, covering banking, insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank finance group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses. For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com.