Firm’s £4.5bn deal would bring up to 600 South Yorkshire job

David Hawkins with Prime Minister David Cameron
David Hawkins with Prime Minister David Cameron
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A South Yorkshire firm is close to securing a deal with the Turkish Government for the world’s biggest solar panel farm - worth £4.5bn.

Solar Europa of Barnsley is in the final stages of negotiations to provide, supply, install and service thousands of panels on a 3-4GW facility in the south of the country.

If the contract goes through as hoped early next year, it will create up to 600 local jobs and keep workers busy for a decade, said chief executive David Hawkins.

He said: “It’s been three-and-a-half-years of hard work and team effort.

“We’ve worked closely with our delivery partners; UKTI, British Chambers of Commerce, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber and our partners in Turkey and have been fortunate enough to get to this stage.

“We’re almost there – however this is where the hard work starts. We have not yet finalised any terms or signed any contracts, so it’s perhaps slightly premature to celebrate.

“Everyone is working tirelessly to deliver this contract, however until it’s signed, we do not have a contract. But 2015 looks promising.”

The firm, on Capitol Park near Junction 37 of the M1, was only set up in 2008.

Mr Hawkins last year met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the contract.

The deal was announced by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber chief executive Andrew Denniff to 570 people at its business awards.

He said: “Using their local Chamber of Commerce and our national network to develop some key contacts in government and abroad, I am delighted to be able to confirm that, after more than three years’ hard work, Solar Europa is close to securing a US$7.25 billion dollar contract with the Turkish Government to provide, supply, install and service solar panels to a site in southern Turkey.

“Solar Europa is a prime example of a local business which has gone out to the world to sell their products and services.”

The deal has been handled by Solar Europa International, the arm of the firm set up to develop green power facilities in emerging markets.

It is a leading global provider of utility scale solar panels.