Q-Cells SE and LDK Solar Co. Ltd. have formed a joint venture focusing on PV systems and market development in Europe and China. Given their complementary core business models and regional market expertise, the two companies expect to take advantage of value-chain optimization and integrated cost reduction.
A joint project pipeline is already in place, and the first 40 MW project has commenced. The projects of the joint venture will utilize solar wafers from LDK Solar and solar cells from Q-Cells, and will not require additional working capital financing or other funding from the two companies.Â
The joint venture is already in discussions with potential buyers of the first turn-key project, which will be in Europe, and is in the planning stages for future joint projects in the emerging Chinese market. The partnership between the two companies in the area of PV systems is not intended to be exclusive, but rather to focus on developing specific projects of mutual benefit, with the shared goal of accelerating the move to grid parity, the companies note.
SOURCES: Q-Cells SE, LDK Solar Co. Ltd.