Q CELLS has donated solar modules to La Guajira, Colombia, a region that was hit by hurricanes in late 2020. A total of 310 kW of solar modules from Q CELLS will arrive at the port of Cartagena in August to help to restore the power infrastructure and also revitalize education locally. With on-the-ground assistance from the Institute for Planning and Promotion of Energy Solutions for Non-Interconnected Zones (IPSE) under the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia, the module shipment will be delivered to educational facilities attended by about 5,600 students.
In Colombia, swathes of electricity, telecommunications and water infrastructure were all damaged by Eta and Iota, two hurricanes that hit Central and South America in November 2020. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 14,470 households and 68,883 people were affected by the hurricane in La Guajira, the region to which Q CELLS has donated its high-quality solar modules.
Notably, Q CELLS is the only solar manufacturer that conducts Cyclone Testing at James Cook University (JCU)’s Cyclone Testing Station in Queensland, Australia, and shares the test reports upon request. JCU’s Cyclone testing is important in order to ensure that modules will withstand high wind-loads. The solar modules that have been donated to Colombia have therefore been tested to withstand up to 7,310 Pa wind-load in non-cyclonic regions according the latest test results confirmed by JCU.
This module donation to Colombia is the latest act of social goodwill by Q CELLS. Since 2011, Hanwha Group have donated 2,187 kW of photovoltaic systems to 320 social welfare facilities nationwide, which is equivalent to the annual electricity demand of about 720 households.