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Chinese solar power giant expands into Latin America

Trina Solar opens business in Santiago to boost off-grid PV development in Brazil, Chile and Mexico

In expanding its business, China’s Trina Solar looks set to move forward PV developments in Latin America

A leading Chinese solar manufacturer is expanding its photovoltaic power developments into Latin America. Global firm Trina Solar, based in China, has announced business development in off-grid PV across the country, with a focus on Brazil.

From a base in Santiago, the company will serve commercial, utility and off-grid customers throughout Latin America with a focus on Chile, Mexico, Brazil and neighbouring countries. This means the company's coverage now encompasses all the Americas including the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Trina Solar said its Latin American operations will benefit from more than 30 years of local experience, including experience in solar in Latin America dating back to the 1980s, which was conducted in both Spanish and Portuguese. Its presence in Chile also represents the completion of a long-term strategic goal for the company.

Mark Mendenhall, president of Trina Solar Americas, said: "Latin America has long been an emerging market for solar, and we think there are countries in the region that are now primed to rapidly grow the solar market. We see the Latin American market as an excellent opportunity to expand our sales efforts by providing clean, job creating energy."

Trina Solar enters Latin America with product and solutions portfolio, led by the company's Honey technology and line of complete solar solutions. Developed with advances in multicrystalline cell technology, the company said the Honey modules deliver high performance and world record setting power output.

"We are committed to solar in the Americas, and our expansion to the Latin American market is the perfect extension of that commitment," said Mendenhall. "We are excited to provide our proven performance and world-class modules to customers throughout Latin America."