Japans PV market continue to drive the global market, with the latest deal seeing a major order being booked by Trina. While the 116 MW supply deal is certainly significant, delivery may take place for some time, with the 213 MW project expected to reach commercial operations in Q2 2019.
The project will occupy 260 hectares (1,210 acres) on the site of the former salt field.
Our modules were selected on the basis of very stringent criteria, said Trinas President of Module Business Zhiguo Zhu. We believe that demand for clean and sustainable energy in Japan will continue to increase and that solar energy will play a key role in the growing diversification of the country’s energy mix. Japan is a key market for us where we expect to further deepen our penetration.
In a recent interview with pv magazine, Trina Chairman and CEO Gao Jifan said that Japan is the most important overseas market for Trina Solar, followed by the U.S. and the EU.
Japan is one of the most important markets for Trina, said Jifan Gao. First of all, it is because the Japanese market is the biggest one after China. Secondly, Japan has many new products and is the market for them to be tested in. Thirdly, Japanese clients have great expectations on quality and service.
Trina is active in Japan in the areas of pure module sales, whole system provision and also the development of and investment in PV power plants.
For Trina, the Japanese market is a place to improve product quality, promote new products to meet clients requirements and to enhance after-sales service quality, said the Trina Solar CEO.
Trina did not supply a specific timeline for delivery to this largest of Japanese projects, with its 213 MW.
The full interview with Trina Solar CEO Jifan Gao appears in the April print edition of pv magazine.