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Spanish firm selects Chinese PV to build solar parks totalling 30MW in South Africa

Trina Solar to supply 30MW to Gestamp Solar for two large-scale projects in Northern Cape

Chinese PV will be used to build up solar power in South Africa

A Spanish firm is using Chinese PV totalling 30MW to build large-scale solar parks in South Africa. China’s Trina Solar is to supply 30MW of photovoltaic modules to Spain’s Gestamp Solar, one of the world's leading companies in the development and management of PV parks, for two South African solar projects.  
Large-scale solar systems will be installed in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, in the towns of Prieska and De Aar, with the capacity to generate 20MW and 10MW respectively.

Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar, said: “This new collaboration with Gestamp Solar is very important to us. It is a milestone for the company, as it is our first major project in South Africa and will enable us to strengthen our presence in this market, where the solar sector is booming. The responsible way in which we handle our business and our balance sheet makes us a stable and reliable partner for these kinds of large-scale projects.”

Trina Solar said its multicrystalline PC05 series modules were chosen because of their 15 per cent efficiency, ability to generate up to 245W, and high performance under low light conditions. The agreement also continues the company’s working relationship with Gestamp Solar in PV power projects.

Jorge Barredo, CEO of Gestamp Solar, said: "Trina Solar panels offer excellent efficiency and performance, and the company provides a wide range of solutions and services. Gestamp Solar has been working on the development of projects with Trina Solar since the early days of the European photovoltaic industry because, as well as the excellent quality of their products, they have always been reliable suppliers.”
 According to the terms of the agreement, solar panel deliveries will be made in the third quarter of 2013.

Trina Solar is one of many Chinese PV companies helping to develop solar power in South Africa. China’s JinkoSolar said it would work with South African firm EPC partner Solea Renewables to deliver a utility scale photovoltaic system for a mine in the country’s Limpopo province in September 2012.