Solar Powered Tea Plantation in China May be the First of Many.
Trina Solar, a global leader in solar photovoltaic modules, solutions, and services, has signed an agreement to supply 51 MW of its Dual Glass Modules to Yunnan Electric Power Design Institute, a subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd., and the EPC provider for the agricultural PV power plant project located in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province in China. The plant will be used to power equipment in tea plantations, and will be the first of its kind within China.
The agricultural PV project has the capacity of 100 MW totally. Phase 1 of the project will be 51 MW and will utilize Trina Solar’s dual glass modules, including approximately 43,516 of Trina Solar’s TSM-255 modules and 154,284 of the Company’s TSM-260 modules. These dual glass frameless modules are extremely durable, made with front and back layers of heat-strengthened glass, providing strong protection against environmental factors such as heavy humidity and pesticide use, while maintaining a high rate of sunlight transmission and efficiency. They excel in greenhouse environments, where properly maintaining temperature is crucial to the success of crop growth. The shipments are expected to complete in Q3 2015.
Jichun Zhang, Deputy General Manager of Yunnan Electric Power Design Institute commented:
We are very pleased to cooperate with Trina Solar, an industry leader with a vision to build a greener world, for apioneer project in China to put solar power to work on the tea plantations. I believe with Trina Solar’s leading technology and highly reliable products, the tea plantations can be more efficient with increasing self-reliance and less pollution.
Zhiguo Zhu, COO and President of Module Business Unit of Trina Solar, commented:
We are very glad to partner with Yunnan Electric Power Design Institute to develop this pioneer project in Yunnan province. We are pleased with the opportunity to once again conduct a new innovative deployment of PV modules and I believe our commitment to high quality products and continuous technology advancement has made us partner of choice for this project. Our dual glass modules have been very well-received by the market since its launch, and I am confident that it will provide the durability, reliability, and efficiency that is required for this project to succeed.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.