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UAE based solar panel manufacturer expands operation in Nigeria

United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Trina Solar, a global PV and smart energy total solution provider, has signed a distributor agreement with Solar Power Etal to supply Trina Solar’s products and solutions in Nigeria.

The new development comes as part of Trina Solar’s commitment to further increases its footprint and presence in the Middle East and Africa to cater to the rapidly growing demand for solar energy in the region.

With Nigeria having enormous solar energy potential, this agreement will ensure the availability of Trina Solar’s tier 1 PV modules in this key West African market and will further boost the company’s ambitious expansion across the continent.

“The region is clearly witnessing a significant boom in the renewable energy industry and we are already seeing a big rise in demand for solar power across Middle East & Africa with Trina Solar aiming to capture a big share of the solar energy market in this region,” Antonio Jimenez, managing director and vice president for Trina Solar operations in Middle East and Africa stated.

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Nigeria has enormous solar energy potential, with fairly distributed solar radiation averaging 19.8 MJm2/day and average sunshine hours of 6h/day. The assumed potential for concentrated solar power and photovoltaic generation is around 427,000 MW.

Jimenez noted that the company is focusing on delivering innovative, reliable products with the highest quality standards.
The backing of Trina Solar as a strong, bankable brand, in addition to reliability and flawless customer service as part of our “Customer-centric” core value – Customers’ success is our own success,” Jimenez said.

According to The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the Middle East and North Africa region alone has a prospected energy investment that could hit $1 trillion in the 2019-2023 period.

“We are confident that our smart energy solutions along with our ambitious growth plans will enable us to become one of the top providers for a lot of the solar energy projects that will take place across the Middle East & Africa region,” added Jimenez.

Akinlolu Ajayi-Obe, managing director of Solar Power Etal said his firm is looking forward to working with Trina Solar as authorised distributor towards accelerating the adoption of clean energy in Nigeria.

“As one of Africa’s dominant countries, with the highest population and one of the greatest GDP on the continent, Nigeria has the economic strength and environmental conditions to be a key player in solar power. Our partnership with Trina Solar will now enable us to offer the best quality solar energy solutions in the Nigerian market,” Ajayi-Obe said.

Trina Solar recently published its 2020 full-year financial results announcing an operating revenue of $4.429billion and achieving net income attributable to shareholders of $188million.

The company’s total module capacity reached 22GW in 2020, and module shipments reached 15.915GW, ranking third in the world, tally to the 2020 annual shipment guidance published in Q3 2020 by IHS Markit.

Trina Solar currently has over 66GW of module shipments worldwide with more than 5GW of accumulative grid connections, and is also proudly responsible for setting twenty world records for silicon cell efficiency and solar module power output since 2011.

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