German manufacturer Hanwha Q-Cells has said it will look to take part in future PV project tenders in France after receiving a key environmental accreditation needed to bid.
The Korean-owned company has been given independent confirmation from the French testing institute, Solstyce, that its products meet low carbon footprint criteria specified as a precondition to bid in French PV tenders.
A report by the institute confirmed a CO2 consumption of below 400kg per kilowatt hour peak in the production of Q Cells’ cells and modules.
Q Cells had already identified France as one of its key markets this year and said that having now received the accreditation from Solstyce it would take part in any future tenders launched in France.
“Producing PV modules with a low carbon footprint is especially important with regards to public tenders in the French PV market,” said Philippe Pflieger, head of sales in France for Q Cells.
“Thanks to its high irradiation PV makes a lot of sense in France’s sunny regions. France is one of Hanwha Q Cells’ focus markets in Europe.”
The company has already opened an office in France in anticipation of its planned Gallic expansion.