Trina connects two-thirds of 300 MW solar plant in Yunnan, China

Chinese vertically integrated solar company Trina Solar has confirmed that it has connected two-thirds of its Yunnan solar farm to the grid, surpassing 200 MW this week having added 133 MW in the third quarter alone.

The solar project is located in China’s Southern Yunnan province and, once fully operational, will become the Yunnan region’s single-largest ground-mounted solar farm, and one of the biggest in China.

Construction began in Q4 2014 as part of Trina Solar’s growing downstream activities. The plant utilizes Trina Solar modules chosen for the barren hills of the locale of Jianshui Country. By Q2 this year, Trina had connected the first 70 MW, and ramped up the pace of installation over the summer to reach the two-thirds milestone.

Solar power generated onsite is to be provided to a local industrial park and nearby farms, with the solar farm eligible for a 20-year on-grid tariff of 0.95 RMB/kWh under the current Chinese FIT.

"Despite the fact that our Yunnan project is located in a topographically challenging area, we are extremely pleased to announce that we are proceeding on schedule," said Qi Lin, Vice President and President of PV Systems Business Unit of Trina Solar. "This project demonstrates our strong capabilities of executing our downstream strategy as we continue to utilize our competitive advantages in module manufacturing to develop high-quality and efficient solar farms in select locations around the world. China has raised its solar installation target for 2015 by 5.3 GW to 23.1 GW, which underscores the determination of the central government to bolster the development of solar energy. With this project and others, we are confident that we are on the right track to meet our 2015 downstream guidance."