Last week Hanwha Q Cells subsidiary 174 Power Global Corporation broke ground on the Midway Solar Generating Facility in West Texas, according to local publication My San Antonio.
Midway Solar features 685,000 Hanwha Q Cells modules covering 1,500 acres of private land in Pecos County, with the electricity generated being sold under a 25-year power contract to Austin Energy. 174 Global signed the contract with Austin Energy in the fall of 2015, as part of 450 MW of power contracts that the municipal utility signed with solar projects for less than $50 per megawatt-hour.
This was one of the lowest prices for solar seen at that time, however since then large-scale solar contract prices have become significantly less expensive.
While Hanwha Q Cells manufactures modules outside the United States, the company notes that it had already supplied all of the modules to the project, and that therefore they will not be subject to the 30% import duties recently imposed by the Trump Administration.
174 Global expects the project to be fully operational by the end of 2018. The plant is one of several large projects in Pecos County, joining OCI Solar’s 110 MW Alamo 6 and its 50 MW Pearl projects.