Q Cells PV on EPA Superfund site

Hanwha Q Cells said the 10.86MW Maywood Solar Farm in Indiana was completed as the first utility-scale solar project constructed on an active EPA Superfund site, using Q Cells polycrystalline modules.

The solar array is located on 43 acres of the Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund site in Indianapolis, and was completed under the 2012 Indianapolis Power & Light Rate-REP program.

An EPA Superfund site is a location where hazardous waste has been present and required clean-up.

The Germany-based PV unit of South Korea’s Hanwha group says it was joined in the project by partners including the US EPA, Vertellus Specialties, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Power & Light, PNC Bank, August Mack Environmental Consulting, URS Corporation, US Utilities and Solar FlexRack.

“The completion of the Maywood Superfund project is a significant milestone for Hanwha Q Cells, but also for the solar industry as a whole in overcoming the legal, financial, regulatory and construction hurdles to create a virtuous cycle, and develop a higher use for brownfield, idle land," says Hanwha Q Cells chief executive Charles Kim.

“In completing a non-subsidised Superfund project, Hanwha Q Cells has broken a barrier that has frustrated solar project developers for more than 20 years. We are looking forward to future, similar projects.”