Germany's Pfalzsolar establishes US beachhead


German project developer and EPC contractor Pfalzsolar GmbH has launched a subsidiary in the fast-growing U.S. market.

The new company, Pfalzsolar Inc., is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and will focus mainly on processing the group’s project business in the U.S.

Pfalzsolar said it began to identify and develop projects in the U.S. at the beginning of the year.

“The timing for founding a U.S. subsidiary was just perfect,” said Pfalzsolar CEO Thomas Kercher, who is also overseeing the subsidiary’s management. “The market is growing fast and having a presence over there is making us even more flexible and able to act quickly.”

After a successful market entry in the U.K. in 2015, the company said it was time to take another step towards expanding its operations internationally. In the past 20 months, Pfalzsolar has realized some 50 MW of PV projects in the U.K. The British government’s decision to shelve the ROC scheme for PV plants under 5 MW in size last year has resulted in a poorer climate for investment, according to Kercher.

“We won’t withdraw completely from the U.K. market, but we clearly pursue a long-term growth strategy which makes it essential to win new international markets,” he added.

In the U.S., Pfalzsolar plans to act as “an experienced, reliable and financially strong partner specialized in project development for large-scale photovoltaic projects.”

“The extensive expertise which we’ve built up in this field since 2003 is in many ways transferrable to other markets,” Kercher said. The CEO added it’s not only the company’s know-how that is a major benefit for its U.S. market entry, but also the fact that the group is part of German energy supplier Pfalzwerke Group.

“One hundred years of tradition and innovation – made in Germany – counts in the U.S. as well as in Germany. Security and trust are after all decisive success factors when we talk about large scale PV projects.”

Pfalzsolar is currently involved as a co-developer in a 70 MW project in Arizona in addition to a project pipeline boasting a total volume of more the 200 MW over the next two years.