Hanwha Q CELLS Acquires Tower Hill Solar Farm from Green Hedge Group
[London, United Kingdom/Thalheim, Germany, 29 January, 2015] Green Hedge Group ("Green Hedge") and Hanwha Q CELLS today announced that the internationally leading PV provider has acquired the project rights to build the Tower Hill solar farm in South Gloucestershire, UK, for an undisclosed amount. Green Hedge has successfully taken the 6.46 MW project from inception through to planning consent and a ready-to-build state, thereby completing the development of Green Hedge's 18th UK solar farm project. The financials of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
Hanwha Q CELLS will now build and own the Tower Hill solar farm. Once operational, it will provide enough electricity for over 1,800 households. Green Hedge will continue to stay involved with the project as operations and maintenance sub-contractor to Hanwha Q CELLS.
Considerate design and community engagement have been central to the development of the project. Practical commitments in the project developed by Green Hedge, which are to be implemented by Hanwha Q CELLS, include establishing 10.6 hectares of improved grasslands, creating three wildflower meadows, two new pond habitats and a log pile habitat, as well as significant planting of trees and hedgerows, encouraging biodiversity and protecting the site visually. It is anticipated that the landowner will continue to maintain the dual-use nature of the site by grazing sheep underneath the solar panels for the duration of the solar farm's operating life. At the end of the 25-year project term, the site will be returned to its original condition.
As part of its agreement with Green Hedge, Hanwha Q CELLS has also confirmed that following connection of the solar farm to the electrical grid, expected in March 2015, and until the decommissioning of the solar farm in 25 years' time, an inflation linked annual payment of £5,810 will be provided to and shared between Thornbury Town Council and Tytherington Parish Council. The funds, approximately £145,250 over the lifetime of the solar farm, will be used for the benefit of local residents.
Tess Sundelin, Managing Director at Green Hedge, said, "We are delighted that Hanwha Q CELLS will now take on the project and see the Tower Hill solar farm through construction and into the operating phase. The solar farm will be a significant source of green electricity for South Gloucestershire and provide important financial benefits to the local community. We are also delighted to continue our own involvement as operations and maintenance sub-contractor."
Kieron Kane, Head of Project Development UK at Hanwha Q CELLS, said, "We are very happy about realising the Tower Hill Solar Farm in cooperation with Green Hedge. The project will further deepen Hanwha Q CELLS´ footprint as a provider of reliable Power Plant Solutions to our customers, communities and our partners in the UK."
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Hanwha Qcells is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules, portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ), Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) and San Francisco, USA (Energy Storage/Inverter & Software HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer Completely Clean Energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets.
For more information, visit: www.qcells.com/us/
Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has more than 85 domestic affiliates and over 380 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial 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
Green Hedge Group
Green Hedge Group(www.green-hedge.com) develops, finances and operates renewable energy projects in the UK. It joins together Green Hedge Solar Operations, an experienced operations and maintenance provider, with Green Hedge Renewables (formerly AEE Renewables). With over 125 megawatts of capacity commissioned or under construction across 18 sites, Green Hedge Renewables is one of the UK’s leading developers of solar farms.
Green Hedge Group was established in 2010, and has offices in London and Bath.
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