Hanwha Q Cells reaches 53 MW in UK with latest completion

South Korean solar company and project developer Hanwha Q Cells has completed an 8.1 MW solar PV plant in the U.K., taking its solar portfolio in the country to 53 MW.

The Tower Hill Solar Park in South Gloucestershire, southwest England, was completed over the course of just eight weeks and was put into operation before the March 31 renewable obligation certificate (ROC) deadline for solar plants larger than 5 MW, making it eligible for the ROC at 1.4.

A modular approach to construction meant that Hanwha Q Cells was able to complete the project in double-quick time, delivering earlier returns of investment for Hanhwa Q Cells. The Korean company is full owner of the project rights of the Tower Hill farm, and as well as delivering all EPC services will also be responsible for the plants ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M).

"We are very happy to add the Tower Hill solar park to our portfolio of timely built, successfully operating and fully owned PV parks in the U.K., which now total 53 MW," said Hanwha Q Cells VP global EPC Mauro Di Fiore.

The U.K. enjoyed a first quarter solar construction boom as many developers worked to complete their utility-scale projects before the April ROC deadline.

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals that more than 1 GW of solar PV capacity was added between January 1 and March 31. However, April saw that pace of construction tail off sharply, with a mere 41 MW of capacity added that month.

Currently, cumulative installed solar PV capacity in the U.K. amounts more than 6.5 GW.