Construction has begun on Hanwha Q CELLS’ 500MW photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility in Ankara, Turkey.

The new facility is part of a Karapinar Renewable Energy Resource Area (YEKA) tender, which was awarded by the Government of Turkey in March this year to Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji’s joint venture (JV) Hanwha-Kalyon.

Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said: “Today, we lay the foundation for the future of energy technologies and enrich renewable alternative energy sources in Turkey

“YEKA project is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today, and can only be realised by high competencies and expertise by Hanwha Q CELLS, a global leader in solarpower, and Kalyon, a leader in construction and infrastructure projects.”

“The new facility is said to integrate ingot, wafer, cell and module processes.”

The new facility is said to integrate ingot, wafer, cell and module processes, as well as feature Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.ANTUM high-efficiency solar cell technology.

Upon completion, the facility will produce modules to build the 1,000MW (AC) solarpower plant Konya-Karapinar.

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Hanwha Q CELLS CEO Seongwoo Nam said: “Hanwha Q CELLS is proud to be joining forces with the Government of the Republic of Turkey and Kalyon Enerji. We will contribute our manufacturing expertise and our technology leadership.

“We are fully committed to execute this YEKA project successfully leveraging combined competencies of Hanwha Q CELLS and Kalyon Enerji and to make it an important milestone on Turkey´s path towards sustainable energy supply for the people of Turkey.”

In addition to the manufacturing facility, the JV firm Hanwha-Kalyon will also establish on-site research and development (R&D) centre in the region to carry out various projects in solar technology.