Press Release Clean Energy & Ocean Solutions

Hanwha Q CELLS USA Signs Power Purchase Agreement with Austin Energy

November 2, 2015
  • 170 MW solar power plant to be constructed in Texas
  • Hanwha Q CELLS USA to provide EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction)

Hanwha Q CELLS' EPC References: 91 MW Brandenburg, Germany (left), 66.2 MW Sault Ste. Marie, Canada (right)

Hanwha Q CELLS USA announced the signing of a 25-year power purchase agreement ("PPA") between Hanwha and Austin Energy.

Hanwha Q CELLS USA will build a 170 MW utility-scale solar power plant in an area of 5,800,000㎡ in Texas and sell the electricity generated by the facility to Austin Energy. It plans to complete the development, design, and construction of the solar project in an expedited fashion.

"We're very excited by the opportunity to work with Austin Energy and support their goal of adding significant solar energy to their generation portfolio," said Laurence Greene, Chief Development Officer of Hanwha Q CELLS USA. "The solar facility will be a state-of-the-art generation resource using high-performing and efficient technology that will transform the underutilized site into an environmentally sustainable source of power to the local community." Larry Weis, General Manager of Austin Energy said "We're very pleased to be partnering with Hanwha to bring more clean solar energy to our customers," adding "This action moves us closer to the City of Austin's goal of 55 percent renewable energy production by 2025."

Last month, Hanwha Q CELLS USA received the Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in recognition of the company's contributions to new and renewable energy development on contaminated land.

Hanwha Qcells

Hanwha Qcells (Hanwha Solutions Qcells division) 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, a portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and a 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) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation 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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Hanwha Group

Founded in 1952, Hanwha has grown quickly by anticipating and responding to changing business environments with a balanced business portfolio that includes energy & materials, aerospace, finance and retail & services. Our expertise and synergy in key areas have catapulted us into the seventh-largest business in South Korea and a Fortune Global 500 company. Hanwha continues to grow rapidly as we strive to pursue global leadership in all of our businesses. We are building a robust foundation for sustainable development and a brighter future for everyone.

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