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Trina Solar supplies 4,000 PV modules for social housing project in Scotland

Chinese solar firm delivers PV modules to Edison Energy in installation solar project for Scottish homes in bid to tackle fuel poverty

PV being installed on a rooftop
The PV modules, which are being installed on homes in Scotland, are expected to deliver annual energy bill savings of £70,000

Chinese firm Trina Solar has supplied 4,000 PV modules for a social housing project in Scotland. The firm has supplied the PV modules to Scottish solar energy company Edison Energy for a project to install arrays on homes in Clydebank in a bid to tackle fuel poverty across the town.

The PV installations are part of a GBP 2m two-year programme, which is expected to deliver annual energy bill savings of £70,000 and reduce carbon emissions by 500kg per year.

The programme has used Trina Solar’s multicrystalline TSM-PC05 PV module series. The company said the PV modules offer 15 per cent efficiency, excellent performance in low light conditions and generate up to 245W. They are also able to withstand snow and wind loads of up to 5,400Pa and 2,400Pa respectively.

Trina Solar said the PV installations offer a sustainable approach to meeting the energy needs of those most likely to struggle to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost relative to their income. The PV installations also provide a revenue stream, with surplus energy being sold back to the national grid, Trina Solar said. So far 350 homes have benefitted from the PV installations of between 2kWp and 4kWp.

Richard Rushin, UK sales manager at Trina Solar, said: “In a climate of escalating uncertainty over traditional energy supplies and concern about potential price hikes, it is important to emphasise the vital role that solar PV is already playing – and will continue to play – as part of the renewable energy mix, helping to stave off the threat of fuel poverty in areas hardest hit by the challenging economic circumstances of recent years.”

Fraser MacKenzie, business development director at Edison Energy, added: “Our relationship with Trina Solar has allowed us to develop a sustainable energy solution using market-leading solar technologies, resulting in lower operations and maintenance costs.”

The news from Trina Solar follows the company’s involvement in other PV module projects in the UK over the last 12 months. This includes supplying PV modules to develop a series of UK solar farms In October. Trina Solar also announced it was bullish on the prospects for the UK solar sector in March 2013.