Hanwha Q Cells to build Portuguese solar power plant
Hanwha Q Cells, a leading solar cell manufacturer, has won the right to build a solar power plant coupled with an energy storage system for a state-run project in Portugal.
The manufacturer will be responsible for building six of the twelve generation capacity lots in the country's Alentejo and Algarve regions by 2024, with a capacity of generating 315 megawatts of electricity per year, according to a statement released on Friday.
The agreement marks a major milestone since it will be the company's first solar power plant combined with a storage system.
The initiative is in line with the Portuguese government’s push to increase renewable energy to 35 percent of the country's energy portfolio.
“Europe is a major market for Q Cells, as it leads the global renewable energy market,” Hanwha Q Cells CEO Charles Kim said. “We will respond to the fast expansion of the renewable energy market in a pre-emptive manner, drawing on our experience in solar modules."
In January, Q Cells secured the right to develop a 940 megawatt solar project from Spanish developer RIC Energy.
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