Trina Solar Sees Boom in Australian Renewables, Showcases Solutions at Expo

Company positions itself as one-stop shop for solar needs in growing market

Trina Solar is experiencing a surge in demand for its products in Australia, fueled by the country’s rapid shift towards renewable energy.

Australia’s installed solar capacity reached a remarkable 34.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2023, marking a 12.5% increase. This trend is expected to continue, with BloombergNEF predicting battery installations to more than double in 2024, reaching 1.9GW. This growth is driven by government support, a growing need for grid stability solutions, and a volatile power market.

Trina Solar, a major exhibitor at the ongoing Smart Energy Expo in Sydney (March 6-7), is well-positioned to capitalize on this expanding market. As the industry’s only total solutions provider, they offer a comprehensive range of solar modules, trackers, and energy storage solutions.

Trina Solar boasts a strong track record, having shipped over 190GW of solar modules globally by the end of 2023. They are known for their cutting-edge technology, including the 210mm n-type iTOPCon Advanced cell that pushes cell efficiency beyond 720 watts. Their tracker and battery storage solutions further solidify their position as a one-stop shop for solar needs.

“Australia is a mature renewable energy market, and customers are increasingly seeking integrated solutions,” said Edison Zhou, head of Trina Solar for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. “Our one-stop-shop approach streamlines processes, expedites delivery, and simplifies after-sales service, ultimately reducing costs and boosting efficiency.”

Trina Solar’s commitment to total solutions is exemplified by their involvement in two groundbreaking projects.

The Goulburn Community Farm in New South Wales, a pioneering initiative driven by local residents, will integrate Trina Solar’s latest modules, trackers, and battery storage system, making it the world’s first of its kind.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this project showcasing the power of community collaboration in achieving clean energy access,” said James Duckworth, National-Business Development Manager at Smart Commercial Solar, the farm’s designer and installer.

Trina Solar is also involved in establishing Australia’s first solar tracker testbed at the Hills Educational Foundation near Brisbane. This project aims to compare the performance of a modern solar farm using Trina Solar’s technology against an older one, providing valuable insights for future solar farm replacements.

The testbed will also explore the potential of agrivoltaics, a practice of combining solar power generation with agriculture. This includes using white-painted shipping containers to cultivate protein-rich fungus under the solar panels.

“Australian farmers are keen to explore agrivoltaics,” said Joseph Marinov, CEO of the Hills Educational Foundation. “Creating a crop-friendly environment under solar modules can help farmers embrace renewable energy while maintaining agricultural productivity.”

Trina Solar’s exhibit at the Smart Energy Expo showcases their latest offerings, including the Vertex N series modules and upgraded TrinaTracker Vanguard 1P, which utilizes Australian-sourced steel to support the local economy.