Q Cells building 24MW Japan PV

Hanwha Q Cells is on track to finish building a 24MW solar plant in southwestern Japan by the end of this year.

The South Korean-owned group is developing the project in Kitsuki, Oita prefecture, as an independent power producer (IPP), a company spokesperson told Recharge this week at PV Japan 2014.

The installation is located on the east coast of the island of Kyushu, across Beppu Bay from Marubeni's 82MW solar plant. Q Cells supplied PV modules for the Marubeni project, Japan’s largest solar installation.

Q Cells also expects to wrap up a PV module order for a 26.2MW solar project in Sukagawa, Fukushima prefecture, by the end of this year, the spokesperson said. Japanese EPC provider JFE Engineering expects to complete the project next March.

Q Cells aims to install up to 100MW of solar panels in Japan per year, the spokesperson said.

It also plans to sell electricity in the country, once Tokyo fully liberalises the retail electricity market from 2016. The Japanese government certified Q Cells as an official power producer and supplier (PPS) in July.