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Chinese firms to develop off-grid solar project in Tibet

Trina Solar and Longyuan affiliate in module supply deal for 2.1 MW solar system

The 2.1 MW solar project is being developed in Tibet
The 2.1 MW off-grid solar project is being developed in Tibet

Chinese solar firms are developing an off-grid solar project in Tibet. Trina Solar has announced that it has entered into a supply agreement with an affiliate of energy firm Longyuan to supply for the 2.1 MW off-grid solar system project in the Northern Tibetan region of Naqu.

The project, with Longyuan (Tibet) New Energy, is Trina Solar's largest off-grid system project in China in recent years. It follows the construction of approximately 40 standalone power stations in 2002 in the Chamdo region of Tibet.

The off-grid project differs from utility scale projects in terms of set-up and components and will use Trina Solar’s specially-designed PC20 off-grid modules.

Mark Kingsley, chief commercial officer of Trina Solar, said: "We believe the off-grid market has the potential to bring another dimension of growth to the company. These installations, believed to be one of the largest off-grid module orders in China, are especially suited for Tibet's environment owing to its clean air, excellent sunlight, and challenges of rugged topography to extend traditional distributed power.

We are especially pleased to be supplying our solutions in the Tibet Region, where our legacy projects from ten years ago are still improving lives," he said.

Naqu Prefecture is located in Northern Tibet, bordering with Xinjiang and Qinghai, with total area of more than 400,000 sq km. It is situated on an altitude of 4,500m. The territory possesses basins, lakes, rivers and forests, and as one of the few crop-producing areas of Tibet. With an average 2,900 sunlight hours per year, the region is highly suited to PV solar generation.

Naqu is one of the Tibetan areas lacking distributed grid power. Trina Solar hopes that the new off-grid project will alleviate the electricity shortages of the farmers and herdsmen, thereby improving the quality of life, while promoting local economic and social development in the region.

Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, said: "Quality irradiance in this highly elevated region underscores its suitability for such a project. We are committed to providing quality products and excellent service in implementing this project, which we believe can benefit the local population."