Already a global solar leader, China’s Trina Solar has extended its reach further this week with the news that the company has supplied 11.7 MW of solar PV modules to projects as far apart as Turkey and Ecuador.
The agreements demonstrate the company’s ambition to widen its geographical diversity having already installed multi-MW projects across Asia, the U.S., Europe and Africa.
A solar PV installation in Turkey’s Antalya region will utilize 5.8 MW of Trina’s shipment the equivalent of 23,650 Trina Solar TSM-PC14 400 W 72-cell modules. For Ecuador, a 5.9 MW installation will be fitted with 9,193 Trina Solar Premium TSM-PC05A 250 W 60-cell Honey modules.
"We are excited to announce these two supply agreements to projects in Turkey and Ecuador, both of which are rich in solar resources and offer prime conditions for solar power plants," said Trina Solar’s head of EU and Africa, Ben Hill. "These supply agreements are strategically significant for Trina Solar as we continue to expand and diversify our global footprint."
Hill added that Trina Solar hopes to further strengthen its presence both regions, which are viewed as high-potential solar markets by many leading players in the industry. Turkey’s renewable energy plans of which solar PV will play a leading role are among the most ambitious in Europe.
A recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that Turkey, alongside Germany and the U.K., will assume between them more than half of all renewable energy production in the continent by 2020. Analysts IHS expect Turkey to add around 150 MW of PV capacity in 2014 a figure that could rise sharply to 1 GW annually as early as 2017.
Ecuador forms a cluster of South American countries that have begun to treat solar PV power as the most likely, sustainable and affordable source of energy for their futures. Although the leading lights in the region are Chile and Brazil, Ecuador has begun exploring its own potential with gusto in recent months, attracting not only Trina Solar but also Yingli Solar and Germany’s SMA to its market.