Trina Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) and smart energy solutions, has inked a transformative memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Marubeni Australia, a prominent wholesale distributor. The MoU aims to supply an impressive 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of Vertex N solar modules to the Oceania region within a five-year span.
The groundbreaking agreement focuses on Trina Solar’s Vertex series, renowned for utilizing larger-size, 210mm-long solar cells, setting a new benchmark in the industry and propelling it into the 600W+/700W+ era.
Trina Solar’s commitment involves delivering cutting-edge Vertex modules that integrate pioneering n-type i-TOPCon cell technology. This collaboration will offer tailored solutions for residential, commercial, and larger industrial projects in the Oceania region.
Modules like the Vertex S+ NEG9R.28 and NEG9R.27, designed with a 1.6+1.6mm ultra-thin dual glass configuration, ensure heightened reliability and safety for smaller projects. Meanwhile, larger-scale endeavors will benefit from modules like the Vertex NEG19RC.20 and NEG18R.28, offering superior power output.
These advanced modules feature market-leading technologies such as multi-busbar (MBB) architecture for optimal light absorption, high-density packing to maximize surface area, and non-destructive cutting technology ensuring ultra-smooth cell edges. This combination bolsters mechanical performance, enabling the modules to better withstand external forces.
Edison Zhou, Head of Trina Solar for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, highlighted the significance of this partnership, emphasizing Trina Solar’s commitment to facilitating a net-zero future globally. He expressed gratitude to Marubeni Australia for choosing Trina Solar as their strategic collaborator, underscoring the MoU’s role in augmenting the region’s solar capacity.
Hiroyuki Shimada, General Manager of Marubeni Australia, echoed the sentiment, stressing the enduring relationship between Marubeni and Trina Solar for over a decade. The MoU signifies a robust collaboration aimed at expanding module distribution and seizing solar project opportunities in the Australasia and Pacific regions.
This strategic move aligns with Oceania’s Energy Transformation Roadmap to 2050, which outlines ambitious targets of 27GW in solar energy by 2030 and 109GW by 2050. Highlighting the region’s energy landscape, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific indicates a high dependency on petroleum across most Pacific nations, with renewable energy accounting for only 17 percent.
The MoU signing between Shimada and Zhou marks a pivotal step toward accelerating the transition to sustainable energy in the Oceania region, embodying a shared commitment to drive comprehensive solar solutions and foster renewable energy adoption across the region.