PowerLight Completes First Phase of 1 MW Solar HQ in Korea

PowerLight Corporation announced today the completion of the first phase (800 kilowatts) of a 1-megawatt solar power project in Gwangju, Korea, which is the company’s headquarters in Asia.

Located 200 miles south of Seoul, the solar photovoltaic (PV) array, was designed, developed and deployed by PowerLight, and uses the PowerLight PowerTracker, a widely deployed single-axis solar-tracking system. Energy from the PowerTracker solar power system, mounted over a parking facility at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, will be sold to Korea Electric Power Corporation at a fixed price set by Korea’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy for 15 years following the project commissioning. It is due to be unveiled this week in conjunction with the Solar, Wind, & Earth Energy Trade Fair (SWEET) in Gwangju. The array is owned and operated by Korea’s Solar & Park Co., Ltd.; and the system’s PV cells were manufactured by SCHOTT Solar. “This monumental solar project could not have been accomplished without the strong commitment of Mr. Young Hwan Jeon of Solar & Park, the extraordinary support of Mayor Park of Gwangju City, the City’s devoted officers, the Kimdaejung Convention Center, and the commitment of the many other people who have worked extensively on this project,” said Dan Shugar, PowerLight president. “With the completion of this project, and opening of our new office in Seoul, PowerLight is looking forward to taking an active role in Korea’s growing solar market, while helping the nation achieve its renewable energy policy goals,” said Tom Dinwoodie, PowerLight chairman and CEO.
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