Trina Solar ships over 9 GW of PV modules in 2017



The vertically integrated Chinese solar PV company, which last March went private, shipped between 9 and 9.2 GW of PV modules in 2017, thus taking cumulative shipments to over 32 GW.

In the first three quarters, Trina’s shipments amounted to 1.96 GW, 2.48 GW and 2.09 GW, respectively. Meanwhile, the last quarter of 2017 saw around 2.5 GW.

While the company did not release information on its cell production, according to IHS Markit last April, Trina saw a major increase in its cell capacity in 2016, and was likely to overtake Korea’s Hanwha QCells to occupy the top spot by the end of 2017.

Last year, Trina says it became the biggest module manufacturer in Vietnam when it launched a 1 GW solar PV cell manufacturing project in January.

In India, meanwhile, it contributed to more than 25% of the market share, delivering more than 3 GW of modules.

In December, Trina also secured 104 MW of solar PV in an auction in Mexico. Once completed, the solar park will represent the company’s second-largest PV project in the country, following a contract to build the 133 MW Aguascalientes solar farm in Mexico’s second long-term auction last year.

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Furthermore, the company has sought to expand its reach to the belt and road countries, in response to China’s national Belt and Road initiative.

With Trina engaging in full cycle solar development, project selection, design financing, permissions, engineering, procurement, construction, installation, monitoring, operation and maintenance, the company has, to date, grid connected nearly 2 GW of solar projects around the world.

With its new residential PV brand launched in August last year, TrinaHome, Trina intends to implement a “One-Million Rooftop Plan” over the course of the next five years, to provide residential PV system installation services to more than one million Chinese households.

The company’s commercial projects in China achieved 500% growth in 2017, with businesses in 20 provinces nationwide. The company aims to develop 1,000 commercial partners to make over CNY 10 million (US$ 1.59 million) in sales over the next three years.

Trina celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, announcing it has achieved healthy, stable sustainable growth, and aims to become a leader in the global Energy Internet of Things, as it heads into what it has called its 3.0 era.

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