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Hanwha Q CELLS Completes United States’ First Solar Farm on a Superfund Site

“US EPA is proud to have played a role in the Maywood Solar Farm project, which has transformed a site with a long history of contamination into a source of renewable energy for the future.” (image: BusinessWire)

“US EPA is proud to have played a role in the Maywood Solar Farm project, which has transformed a site with a long history of contamination into a source of renewable energy for the future.”(image: Hanwha Q CELLS/BusinessWire)

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INDIANAPOLIS, April, 9, 2014 (Korea Bizwire)–Hanwha Q CELLS, an international solar developer, manufacturer and  solutions provider, commemorated the historic completion of the first  utility scale solar project constructed on an active EPA Superfund site.  Hanwha Q CELLS was joined by project partners including the US EPA,  Vertellus Specialties Inc., Indiana Department of Environmental  Management, Indiana Power & Light (AES), PNC Bank, August Mack  Environmental Consulting, URS Corporation, US Utilities and Solar  FlexRack.

The 10.86MWdc Maywood Solar Farm, located on 43 acres of the Reilly Tar  & Chemical Superfund site in Indianapolis, was completed under the 2012  Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Rate-REP program. Of critical  significance, the Maywood Solar Farm was fully realized without  additional federal, state, local or corporate incentives and used  conventional solar project financing. Construction commenced in July  2013 and was completed in March 2014, using high efficiency Q CELLS  Q.PRO L polycrystalline modules, engineered by Hanwha Q CELLS in  Germany. The Maywood Solar Farm will operate for up to 30 years and  reduce CO2 emissions by more than 13,000 metric tons per year – equal to  the annual carbon emissions of more than 2,700 passenger cars or 1,800  Indiana residential homes.

Hanwha Q CELLS’ CEO Charles Kim remarked: “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. In completing  a non-subsidized 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.”

Safeguarding project economics, Hanwha Q CELLS completed project  construction at, or below, market costs – while managing additional site  and environmental requirements. Hanwha Q CELLS employed an  internally-developed and adaptive construction methodology in concert  with US EPA to meet existing site environmental covenants. The  proprietary Hanwha Q CELLS Soil Disturbance Minimization Plan resulted  in a volume reduction of site soil movement of more than 93% over  conventional construction approaches, while also minimizing the  potential for exposing known underground hazards, impairing the existing  site environmental remedy, or creating human exposure to site hazards.

“This innovative solar project demonstrates that Superfund sites can be  redeveloped – to generate economic benefits for the local community and  clean renewable energy for homes and businesses,” said US EPA Regional  Administrator Susan Hedman. “US EPA is proud to have played a role in  the Maywood Solar Farm project, which has transformed a site with a long  history of contamination into a source of renewable energy for the  future.”

About Hanwha Q CELLS

Hanwha Q CELLS is headquartered in Germany and one of the world’s  leading photovoltaics companies, offering a wide range of high quality  photovoltaic products, solutions and services “Engineered in Germany”.  Next to its premium quality products from high-quality solar modules to  systems and power plants the company also offers long-term partnership  and financial stability being part of the South Korean Top-Ten business  enterprise Hanwha Group. At its headquarters in Thalheim (Germany)  Hanwha Q CELLS has a unique setup of R&D and production enabling the  company to develop technologically leading products and innovative  manufacturing methods. The cell production sites in Malaysia and Germany  and the module production line in Germany are the core of manufacturing.  In addition, the company converts its high-efficiency solar cells into  modules in cooperation with certified contractors in Europe and Asia.  Hanwha Q CELLS sells its products via its international sales network  with branches in Germany (HQ), Malaysia, Korea, USA, Canada, Japan and  Australia. Thanks to its truly international setup, high quality  products and the financial stability, Hanwha Q CELLS is the reliable  partner for PV customers around the globe. For more information, visit:


About Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business  enterprises in South Korea with 51 domestic affiliates and 109 global  networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction,  finance, and services and leisure. With more than 60 years track record  of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction  businesses encompass a broad range of fields from basic chemicals and  advanced materials to property development and total solar energy  solutions. The finance network, covering banking, insurance, asset  management and securities, is the second largest non-bank finance group  in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle  services with retail and resort businesses. For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com.

About PNC

PNC Bank, National Association is a member of The PNC Financial Services  Group, Inc. (PNC). PNC (www.pnc.com)  is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services  organizations, providing retail and business banking; residential  mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government  entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and  asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

Source: Hanhwa Q Cells, Hanhwa Group & PNC (via BusinessWire)



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