PV modules and solutions provider Trina Solar has successfully installed two thirds of its 300MW ground-mounted solar project in Yunnan, China.
The installation was already under development with Yunnan Metallurgical New Energy Co., when Trina Solar acquired a 90% stake in the company in September 2014. Once completed, the project will become the largest single utility-scale solar power plant in Yunnan.
Trina began construction at the site in the fourth quarter of 2014 with the deployment of its PV modules to the hills of Jianshui County. After connecting 70MW of modules to the grid in the second quarter of 2015, Trina broke through the 200MW milestone by the end of Q3.
Energy generated by the installation is expected to be fed to a local industrial park and to farms in the surrounding area.
Qi Lin, vice president and president of PV systems business unit at Trina Solar, said: “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. 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.”