Trina sells 49.9 MW UK solar plant for $87.7 million


Chinese vertically integrated solar PV company Trina Solar has announced the sale of its flagship 49.99 MW U.K. solar plant to British investment company Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) via a Bridge Loan Facility.

The sale has netted Trina $87.7 million and is in "full alignment" with the developer’s strategy to build and sell power generation assets in overseas markets, a company statement read.

"This is the third utility-scale solar power plant that we have constructed and sold in the U.K. for a cumulative capacity of 73.76 MW, demonstrating our global team capabilities in project development and execution," said Trina Solar CEO and chairman, Jifan Gao.

The sale was conducted with a Bridge Loan Facility Agreement for BSIF, which is to be used to finance the project until the sale is completed.

The plant, located in Norfolk in the east of England, is the largest single solar farm in the U.K., and is powered by 196,627 Trina Solar modules. It was completed in the third quarter of 2014 and connected earlier this year in time to qualify for the renewable obligation (RO) certificate at 1.4.

Gao added that Trina is also pursuing a similar development strategy in Japan and, potentially, other markets that have shown similar solar promise. The aim is to utilize monies raised in such downstream activity to pour into further project development.

"With accelerating momentum in our domestic and overseas markets, we are on track to meet our 2015 target to connect a portfolio of projects totaling between 700 MW to 750 MW," said Gao. "Thanks to powerful synergies between our module and downstream businesses, we are confident that we will achieve our 2015 overall targets and solidify our leading position in the global solar energy solution business."

Trina’s bustling downstream sector helped boost the company’s 2014 revenue by 29% on 2013 levels, with the strength of its U.K. activities proving particularly pivotal.