Q Cells to equip 82MW Japan plant

Hanwha Q Cells and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni will build a 82MW solar array in Japan’s Oita region, which will be the country's largest so far, Q Cells said during the Intersolar trade fair in Munich.

South Korea’s Hanwha Group acquired most assets of the insolvent, Germany-based Q Cells in August 2012, and now uses the Q Cells brand for a large part of its global business.

Hanwha Q Cells said it has already started to deliver modules to Marubeni and expects the array to start production in March 2014.

Generous feed-in tariffs have created  traction for global solar companies in the lucrative Japanese market. However, many have found it difficult to compete with Japanese suppliers, who enjoy more confidence in the relatively closed market.

A Q Cells official told Recharge that the company’s German origin and reputation for quality helped to secure the large order.