New 10 MW plant shows the possibility for development in Germany

With the EEG FIT of around €0.08/kWh (US$0.095) for project under 10 MW in size still available, smaller PV power plants projects can still be viable. This is the message sent by the completion and inauguration today of a 10 MW project in Bitterfeld, in Germany’s east.

The project was constructed in six months and is located in Bitterfeld region, where Hanwha Q Cells has its Technology and Quality operations. Thalheim, in Bitterfeld, was also the location of Q Cells’ former cell manufacturing. In January, Hanwha Q Cells took the decision to shutter cell production at the site.

Hanwha Q Cells supplied 38,456 Q.PRO-G3 modules for the project. A release announcing the park’s inauguration reports that local company Netzgesellschaft Bitterfeld-Wolfen can now access one third of its energy from renewable sources.

Deutsche Kreditbank provided the finance and Schneider Electric the power electronic components.

"The outstanding performance output of Q CELLS’ modules under weak light, for instance in the evening or on cloudy days, as well as their quality and reliability, make the decisive difference." In reference to the start-up, Mario Schulte, Account Manager at Hanwha Q CELLS commented.

Despite this positive development, the German large scale solar market remains depressed. Installation figures in 2015 have been weak, with Mercom Capital revising downwards its expectations for the market this weak to 1.3 GW for the year.