Hanwha Q CELLS Completes United States' First Solar Farm On a Superfund Site
- 10.86 MW Solar Farm was fully realized without any incentives
- German-headquartered PV specialist breaks barrier frustrating solar project developers for more than 20 years
- 93% volume reduction of site soil movement was achieved
[Indianapolis, IN, 09 April, 2014] Hanwha Q CELLS, an international solar developer, manufacturer and solutions provider, commemorated the historic completion of the first utility scale solar project constructed on an active EPA Superfund site1. Hanwha Q CELLS was joined by project partners including the US EPA, Vertellus Specialties Inc., Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Power & Light (NYSE: AES), PNC Bank, August Mack Environmental Consulting, URS Corporation, US Utilities and Solar FlexRack.
The 10.86 MWdc Maywood Solar Farm, located on 43 acres of the Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund site in Indianapolis, was completed under the 2012 Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Rate-REP program. Of critical significance, the Maywood Solar Farm was fully realized without additional federal, state, local or corporate incentives and used conventional solar project financing. Construction commenced in July 2013 and was completed in March 2014, using high efficiency Q CELLS Q.PRO L polycrystalline modules, engineered by Hanwha Q CELLS in Germany. The Maywood Solar Farm will operate for up to 30 years and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 13,000 metric tons per year – equal to the annual carbon emissions of more than 2,700 passenger cars or 1,800 Indiana residential homes.
Hanwha Q CELLS’ CEO Charles Kim remarked: “The completion of the Maywood Superfund project2 is a significant milestone for Hanwha Q CELLS, but also for the solar industry as a whole in overcoming the legal, financial, regulatory and construction hurdles to create a virtuous cycle, and develop a higher use for brownfield, idle land. In completing a non-subsidized Superfund project, Hanwha Q CELLS has broken a barrier that has frustrated solar project developers for more than 20 years. We are looking forward to future, similar projects.”
Safeguarding project economics, Hanwha Q CELLS completed project construction at, or below, market costs – while managing additional site and environmental requirements. Hanwha Q CELLS employed an internally-developed and adaptive construction methodology in concert with US EPA to meet existing site environmental covenants. The proprietary Hanwha Q CELLS Soil Disturbance Minimization Plan resulted in a volume reduction of site soil movement of more than 93% over conventional construction approaches, while also minimizing the potential for exposing known underground hazards, impairing the existing site environmental remedy, or creating human exposure to site hazards.
“This innovative solar project demonstrates that Superfund sites can be redeveloped - to generate economic benefits for the local community and clean renewable energy for homes and businesses," said US EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman. "US EPA is proud to have played a role in the Maywood Solar Farm project, which has transformed a site with a long history of contamination into a source of renewable energy for the future."
1. Superfund Site
Superfund sites are locations in the United States that have been polluted by hazardous material contaminations and require long-term responses to clean up. These sites are listed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and as of February 2014, there are a total of 1,319 Superfund sites across the country.
2. Maywood Superfund Project
Maywood, Indianapolis, was used for coal-tar refinement facilities from 1921 to 1972 and suffered from contamination of its underground water and soil. The region was subsequently designated as a Superfund site by US EPA and purification work was completed in 1999.
The Superfund project was initiated with the goal of establishing a solar power generator on the polluted site. Taking into consideration the possibility of residual coal-tar in the soil exploding, Hanwha Q CELLS developed new construction technologies that could move less soil than existing methods, winning the US EPA's approval. Using these technologies, Hanwha Q CELLS successfully completed for the first time in the US the construction of a solar power generator on a contaminated site.
Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS is a total solar power solution provider with the world's largest cell production capacity. Our business scope ranges from the midstream of ingots, to wafers, cells, and modules, to downstream solar solutions for residential, commercial buildings, and solar power plants.
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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 61 domestic affiliates and 258 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
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