Solarcentury goes with Trina modules for Panama PV plant


British PV group Solarcentury has tapped Trina Solar to supply modules for a 9.9 MW solar farm project in Panama.

Trina will ship some 33,000 of its PC14 modules for the project, located in the province of Cocle in central Panama.

Solarcentury, a project developer and EPC provider, is building the solar farm for ECOSolar, a Latin American solar investment company. Working with local solar company Hybrytec, Solarcentury will build the 9.9 MW Divisa Solar system. Once completed, the system will be one of the largest solar farms in Panama connected to the grid and selling generated electricity on the spot market.

The project has obtained a $11.9 million loan from Inter-American Investment Coporation (IIC), which is a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). The project’s total budget is $17.8 million, according to the IIC.

The farm will be capable of producing enough energy to power some 3,000 homes in the area, which will help meet the country’s growing electricity demands and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 4,850 tons a year.

Trina describes the PC14 module as ideal for large-scale installations due in part to its reliability and performance in challenging environmental conditions.

Solarcentury Chief Operating Officer Matthew Boulton said Trina was a new partner for the company, adding that "as a leading global brand, it was an obvious choice as part of establishing Solarcentury in new countries. Trina Solar was able to support the tight timelines required to fulfil the project and provided regular communication and support from its U.K. team."

Zhiguo Zhu, Trina’s chief operating officer and president of its Module Business Unit, said, "Over the last few years we have expanded our presence in Latin America and this project marks a major milestone for us."

Zhu added that Panama and Latin America offered great potential for the solar sector.