Module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has supplied 7.3 MW of its 60-cell polycrystalline modules to two solar PV projects in Germany and the U.K.
German solar company IdeemaSun energy GmbH enlisted the expertise of Hanwha SolarOne, equipping both parks with the HSL 60 Poly module.
IdeemaSun has engineered, procured and constructed (EPC) the two solar plants a 3.2 MW system in Suffolk, southeast England, U.K., and an 8 MW PV plant in Kehlheim, near Regensburg in Germany.
For the U.K. plant, 12,910 Hanwha SolarOne modules have been installed. Once connected, the plant will produce some 3.1 million kWh of clean solar energy per year. In Germany, Hanwha SolarOnes modules will power 4.1 MW of the 8 MW plant, which has also been equipped with safeTrack Horizon horizontal trackers designed to increase its energy output. Early projections from Bavaria-based IdeemaSun anticipate a 13% increase in output compared to a fixed system installation at the same location.
"The success of our projects and the long-term satisfaction of our investors is largely determined by the quality of engineering, the components used and the professional and quick installation," said IdeemaSun's MD, Meik Rekowski. "Hanwha SolarOne supports us with their reliable logistics and flexible services. This makes the company an ideal partner for lasting cooperation."
Stefan Ams, Hanwha SolarOne's sales director in Germany, added: "The impressive accomplishments of IdeemaSun are based on a unique business model, with expertise covering all aspects of solar installations. We are proud to have contributed to their successful projects throughout Europe, and look forward to continuing our cooperation."
Tale of two countries
The U.K. installation, at less than 5 MW, will be eligible to apply for a ROC of 1.4 from April next year. The British government recently introduced regressive support measures on PV installations above 5 MW, withdrawing the incentive for these larger-scale arrays in a move that has drawn criticism throughout the countrys growing solar sector.
In Germany, the news of a new 8 MW solar PV plant is sure to be welcomed following a suggestion from German solar association BSW that the domestic PV sector in the country is in danger of stalling. Figures from BSW show that just 618 MW of PV capacity was added in Germany in the first quarter of this year a 46% decline on the same period last year, and a massive 75% drop from the 2.32 GW installed in the first four months of 2012.
As a consequence of these falling figures, BSW has called upon the government to exempt self consumption PV from the new EEG (renewable energy law) levies due to come online from August 1, 2014.
However, despite the falling installation figures, Germany's solar performance continues to impress. The German Association of Energy and Water (BDEW) revealed this week that PV systems across the country produced 6.1 TWh of solar energy in the first three months of 2014 an 82.5% increase from the same period last year.
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