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China’s Trina Solar connects two PV power plants to UK grid

China solar firm announces UK PV power plants totalling 23.77MW have been connected to grid in South West England

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The two PV power projects Trina Solar has connected to the UK grid are located in Cornwall and Dorset, South West England

Two PV power plants developed by Chinese firm Trina Solar have been connected to the grid in the UK. The company, which is a developer of solar modules, solutions, and services, has announced two of its UK PV power plants, which have a total capacity of 23.77MW, have been successfully connected to the grid in South West England.

Trina Solar has been an investor and sole developer for the two PV projects, which are located in Cornwall and Dorset. The PV power plants commenced construction in December 2013 and were completed on schedule in March 2014.

The two PV plants have been developed using Trina Solar’s PC05A 255Wp modules and will receive 1.6 Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). This is equivalent to GBP 42.02 per MWh. They are expected to generate 24,673MWh electricity annually, which will reduce over 16,542 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The PV plants will supply clean energy to approximately 7,477 local homes each year.

Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar Jifan Gao, said: "We are delighted to expand our downstream presence in the UK. We view the country as a high-growth market for solar and for our company. Along with the growth potential in the UK market, Europe remains a major market for Trina Solar, both in terms of modules and downstream projects. We will continue to build our project pipeline in UK in the quarters ahead as we execute our global downstream strategy."

Trina Solar follows other Chinese developers, including Yingli, ET Solar and JA Solar, which have been involved in UK PV plant projects this year. Trina Solar said it was bullish on prospects in UK solar power in March 2013.