Module maker Hanwha Q CELLS has expanded its presence in France with the establishment of a new subsidiary and expanded warehouse facilities.
The company was already active in the country but now has a dedicated arm for the territory. It will be headquartered in Aix-en-Provence. A new 5,000 square metre warehouse in Lyon will help the company deal with growing demand, it claimed. The warehouse has space for 15MW of modules and related equipment.
According to Q CELLS, it has seen growing demand for its products and services in the residential, commercial and industrial segments.
“We are very happy about the growing demand for Q CELLS in France,” said Philippe Pflieger, managing director at the new company Hanwha Q CELLS SAS France. “With our strengthened setup as well as our established and still growing installer network, we are now very well positioned to satisfy the needs of French Q CELLS customers for quality products and services across the entire country,” he added.
The French PV market had remained dormant for some time while new energy legislation passed through parliament. This process was hindered a series of ministerial personnel changes. The appointment of current Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has added some stability. A series of tenders have now been launched with the large- and mid-sized system tenders doubled in volume.
A policy requiring all new buildings to either incorporate a green roof or rooftop PV has also been passed.