Trina Solar to supply 42.2 MW of modules to Gestamp project in Honduras

Chinese solar vertically integrated solar company Trina Solar has been selected to supply 42.5 MW of its high efficiency solar modules to a utility-scale PV project in Honduras.

The Marcovia Solar project is to be located in the Choluteca region of the Central American country and is being developed by renewable energy company Gestamp Solar.

Trina Solar will ship 160,000 of its utility-grade PC14-310W modules over the coming months for installation at the site, which will span some 180 hectares once complete. Gestamp Solar also confirmed that the plant will be fitted with 300 trackers to maximize yield of the high-efficiency modules.

Once complete, the solar park will generate enough clean energy to mitigate the effects of 43,000 tons of C02, and will deliver enough solar energy to power 45,000 local households. The completion date is penciled in for Q2 2015.

"With ample space and a good climate, Honduras holds a wealth of potential for solar PV energy generation," said Ben Hill, head of Europe and Africa at Trina Solar. "Moreover, solar offers local businesses and residences a reliable, efficient and clean energy source, making it a particularly attractive prospect for the region."

Hill added that Latin America is a key target market for Trina Solar, calling the Gestamp project “strategically significant” as part of the company’s global expansion plans.

In recent months, many of the solar world’s leading brand names have made bold moves into the growing Honduras market. In November, power and automation company ABB supplied 146.4 MW-worth of inverter solutions to a pair of utility-scale PV projects being developed by Canadian Solar.

This was followed a month later by U.S. solar company SunEdison closing financing on 81.7 MW of PV projects in Honduras.