Hanwha Q-Cells in 60MW Japan order

Hanwha Q-Cells will supply PV modules for three Japanese projects with a combined generation capacity of 60MW.

The 235,000 modules will be delivered between July 2013 and June 2014 to Japanese EPC provider NTT Facilities Inc., with Sumitomo as investor.

Sumitomo in early June told Recharge it would oversee the financing and construction of the three utility-scale Japanese PV projects in Tomakomai, Kitakyushu, and Saizo, but then said they would have a combined capacity of 49MW.

But today Q-Cells in Germany confirmed that all three projects are somewhat bigger, in particular the Saizo project.

The plants will sell electricity to local utilities under Japan’s feed-in tariff system. Generous FITs have created  traction for global solar companies in the lucrative Japanese market.

South Korea’s Hanwha Group in April said it will use Q-Cells as the main launch pad for its quality global PV business, in an effort to take advantage of the strong market reputation of its Germany-based subsidiary.

Hanwha took over most of the assets of the insolvent Q Cells in August 2012, including its German and Malaysian production facilities.