Trina Solar, Turpan Prefecture team up on 1-GW solar project
Dec 30, 2013 - Chinese solar module maker Trina Solar Ltd (NYSE:TSL) said today it had agreed to partner on a 1,000-MW solar project with the authorities of Turpan Prefecture in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The two parties have signed an investment framework agreement for the ground-mounted complex. It will be built in phases for some 48 months starting early next year. Each phase will need separate approvals from the government and the State Grid.
The first two project phases, to have a capacity of 300 MW in total, are to be hooked to the grid by end-2014 subject to obtaining the relevant approvals. Trina Solar pointed out that it planned to invest into a photovoltaic (PV) module factory project locally as soon as phase I receives the green light. Once built, the facility will be supplying modules for the whole 1,000-MW project.
“We look forward to working in close collaboration with the local authorities to satisfy the conditions needed for phase one to commence in the first quarter of 2014,” Jifan Gao, Trina chairman and chief executive, said.