Hanwha Q CELLS and AGR Power Up 24 MW PV Power Plant in UK for Ingenious Clean Energy
- ROC deadline met despite challenging weather conditions in early 2014
- 94,500 Q.PRO-G3 solar panels installed in three-week record time and put into operations before March 31
- Partnership between Hanwha Q CELLS and AGR covers development, planning, construction, and high performance modules
[Cambridge, United Kingdom / Thalheim, Germany, 16 September, 2014] Hanwha Q CELLS has teamed up with AGRenewables (AGR), to power up a 24.3 MW photovoltaic power plant for Ingenious Clean Energy in record-time. Despite severe weather conditions, the park in Stowbridge, Cambridgeshire, England, was constructed and grid-connected ahead of the changes in ROC at the end of March. More than 94,500 Q.PRO-G3 solar panels were installed in only three weeks. The ground-mounted plant will generate around 22,445 MWh of clean energy per year; enough to power 24,800 local households and save approximately 9,650 tons of carbon emissions each year.
AGR, a leading UK renewable energy developer specializing in utility scale PV and medium scale wind, led the project development of the Stowbridge project. Hanwha Q CELLS, the largest European PV provider and expert for Power Plant Solutions, was in the lead for supplying its premium “Engineered in Germany” PV modules as well as construction and delivery of the PV park under an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contract. Ingenious Clean Energy is part of the market‐leading financial services group Ingenious, and will sell the clean electricity from the PV Park under the 1.6 ROCs scheme which was in place in the UK until 31 March 2014.
Sebastian Speight, MD of Ingenious Clean Energy, said: “Putting the Stowbridge PV Park in operations ahead of the changes in ROC´s scheme was one of our top priorities – and quite a challenge given the heavy rainfalls in the initial constructions stages. Thanks to the full commitment and outstanding work of Hanwha Q CELLS and AGR the Power Plant was grid connected on time and has since been delivering very attractive and reliable yields.”
“We are very happy to have teamed up with Hanwha Q CELLS on this project in such a high-flying way,” said Oliver Breidt, one of the founders and co-owners of AGRenewables. “Together we can deliver fast and reliable development and EPC capabilities as well as attractive LCOE.” The competitive LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) of the power plant are a consequence of its low BOS (Balance of System) cost, low running cost and best in class yields. The latter two are ensured by the high quality and high performance Q CELLS solar modules. Additionally the minimal construction times and the successive connection to the grid with cascade structures reduce cost further and ensure the earliest possible yields of the power plant.
“The Stowbridge project underlines that investors can rely on Hanwha Q CELLS to deliver complete power plant solution services and reliable ROI – even in challenging conditions” said Frank Danielzik, Hanwha Q CELLS’ Vice President Development/Sales & EPC. Hanwha Q CELLS has a proven track record of more than 700 MW of large scale power plant solutions around the globe and is one of only a few players, offering development, planning and construction work as well as top-quality PV panels from one source. Moreover, Hanwha Q CELLS provides financial stability as part of the Korean Top-Ten and “FORTUNE Global 500” company Hanwha Group.
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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.
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Established in 2011, AGR has grown quickly into a leading UK renewable energy developer, specializing in utility scale solar and medium scale wind developments. AGR has a portfolio of operational and pipeline projects throughout England, Scotland and Wales – with a robust construction pipeline for the coming year.
Ingenious is a market-leading financial services group. Our clients include over 5,000 individuals, institutions, corporates and family offices. Our services include Asset Management, Corporate Finance, Investments and Ventures. Since our debut in 1998, we have raised and deployed over £9bn in the media and entertainment, clean energy and real estate sectors. The Ingenious Clean Energy team is a sector specialist team operating within the Ingenious Investments division. The vision of the team is to provide blue chip financial services to the clean energy sector with a particular focus on the raising of capital for investment. Through our strong industry network, the Ingenious Clean Energy team aims to make available to its investors’ portfolios the long term, predictable and often inflation-linked cashflows that the clean energy sector can deliver.
For more information, visit: www.theingeniousgroup.co.uk
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