Trina Solar’s subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy, has signed a sales agreement with Essco Wholesale Electric (the southwest U.S. unit of electrical supplies distributor Sonepar) for the supply of 25MW of crystalline-silicon PV modules in 2010. In addition to the initial 25MW, the agreement has an option for another 4MW of modules to be supplied during the year, if Essco decides to take advantage of it.
With the signing of this deal, Trina Solar says it has secured approximately 40MW of PV module orders from U.S. customers during 2010, all with agreed prices.
“We are excited to announce this agreement with a well-established leading electrical wholesale distributor like Essco and Sonepar USA,” said Mark Wilkerson, Trina Solar’s senior director of North American sales and marketing. “We look forward to helping expand their solar PV capabilities and provide their existing customers and markets with our high-quality solar products.
“This partnership will help Trina Solar expand its presence and increase brand recognition in commercial and residential markets in the United States, an important growth market for the company,” he added.
Scott Tonn, president of Essco, said that “with the addition of Trina Solar modules to our renewable energy equipment portfolio, we truly are able to be a one-stop distributor for our electrical contractors and solar integration companies. With Sonepar’s national coverage through its operating companies and encompassing Essco’s direct coverage of the Southwest, we are making renewable energy products more available and affordable than ever before to our customers.”