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China’s Trina Solar to supply 250MW of PV to world leading US solar project

Chinese PV firm will provide over 1.1 million PV modules for Nevada solar installation

Once complete, the Copper Mountain Solar complex will be the world’s largest multi-crystalline PV installation

Chinese PV module manufacturer Trina Solar is to supply 250MW of its photovoltaic modules to a world leading solar power project in the US. The company will provide over 1.1 million of its multicrystalline modules for the 250MW Copper Mountain Solar 3 Project in Nevada. Trina Solar said the project will be the world's largest multicrystalline PV Installation.

When complete, the facility will provide clean solar electricity to 80,000 homes in Los Angeles, California.

The news follows Trina Solar becoming the first company in China to lead the establishment of an international SEMI standard for its PV modules.

Trina Solar will provide its dual-rated, 72-cell PD14 solar modules for the project. The company describes the technology as a high output module designed for ground-mount installations. The company said the PV module is also ideal for large scale installations.

Mark Mendenhall, president of Trina Solar Americas, said: "The selection of Trina Solar for this record-breaking project is a strong endorsement of our capabilities in meeting the evolving demands of our customers in a maturing market. We look forward to completing this project and powering tens of thousands of homes with clean, reliable solar power."

Firm Sempra U.S. Gas & Power owns and operates the project, which will be constructed by UK engineering consultancy AMEC.

Copper Mountain Solar 3 is the third phase of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex. It is currently one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar plants in the US. Situated on about 1,400 acres of land, Copper Mountain Solar 3 will tap into the intense desert sun in Boulder City, Nevada to produce clean energy.

The 58MW Copper Mountain Solar 1 was completed in December 2010. Copper Mountain Solar 2 has to date 92MW installed. Another 58MW is expected to be complete by 2015.

When complete, Copper Mountain Solar 3 will provide clean solar electricity to 80,000 homes for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the City of Burbank.

Shipping of the modules will start at the end of this year. The project is expected to be complete in early 2015.