Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 25. May 2012, Q.CELLS expands its footprint in the Bulgarian photovoltaic market. The international photovoltaic company will deliver solar modules with a total output of 11 MWp to its partner FILKAB JSC, a leading Bulgarian electro company. Moreover, Q.CELLS will deliver further 5 MWp of the same module types to SOLARPRO HOLDING, the biggest EPC company in Bulgaria.
FILKAB plans to build solar installations with around 46,800 crystalline solar modules of the Q.PRO series in the Bulgarian towns Brezovo, Sliven, Staro Zhelezare, Tvarditsa and Nova Zagora by the end of May 2012. SOLARPRO HOLDING plans to realize a 5 MWp project in the town of Dobrich using 21,300 Q.CELLS modules. All together the solar parks planned will have an energy output of about 20,000 MWh per year and will generate as much electricity as being consumed by 5,500 households as well as save 9.2 million tons CO 2 per annum.
Clemens Jargon, head of sales & marketing and product management at Q.CELLS: "This large placement shows that our clients as well as the financing banks continue to chose the high quality of our products. Our high quality is the best guarantee for secured yields. The claims rate for Q.PRO modules was at 0.0028% in the year 2011 and therefore significantly below that of our competitors."
Ivan Kukov, CEO of FILKAB JSC, commented on the cooperation: "As a long-term partner of Q.CELLS we believe in the reliability of their products engineered in Germany, also in difficult times. Our real life experience shows that Q.CELLS modules deliver high and sustainable yields on a reliable basis. And we do not want to miss out on this in future."
Nikolai Berov, CEO of SOLARPRO: "We are very happy to finally find a partner for high quality German-engineered multicrystalline modules in Bulgaria. This marks a strong milestone in our efforts to further develop the Bulgarian PV market."
With the 11 MWp module delivery, Q.CELLS and FILKAB continue their successful partnership, which started at the beginning of 2011, when Q.CELLS delivered modules into a FILKAB project with an overall output of 1.1 MWp in the Bulgarian town Elshitsa. With around 1472 kWh/kWp this installation has achieved a record-setting yield - 18% above the national Bulgarian average of 1250 kWh/kWp. Another power installation of FILKAB in Chobanka coming to a total output of 2.5 MWp and using Q.CELLS modules has been in operation since March 2012. Moreover FILKAB had recently received great resonance for exhibiting the Q.CELLS solar module types Q.PRO, Q.PEAK and Q.SMART at the Bulgarian industry fair SEE (South-East European Solar 2012) in Sofia.
Bulgaria is a strongly growing photovoltaic market. The Bulgarian government supports investments into the PV industry by obliging electric distributors by law, to buy solar power at a specific price. Currently around 300 MWp of PV systems are installed in Bulgaria. Until 2020, the Bulgarian Ministry of Energy looks for around 600 MWp in PV.