Trina gets 20MW Lightsource order

Trina Solar has bagged another 20MW order from UK PV generator Lightsource Renewable Energy, in a deal it claims vindicates its position in the European market in the wake of the EU-China solar resolution.

The order – which brings to more than 100MW the capacity Lightsource has bought from Trina in the past 16 months – underscores “the time and resources we have invested in absorbing and understanding the implications of the recent anti-dumping undertaking”, says Ben Hill, Trina’s European head.

“We are confident that we are ahead of the game when it comes to adjusting to and complying with the new market landscape,” Hill adds.

In August the European Commission backed an “amicable” agreement between Beijing and Brussels, bringing an end to the anti-dumping tariffs that had been in place in response to a trade complaint launched by a group of European PV manufacturers, led by SolarWorld.

The deal will see Chinese PV module suppliers selling no more than 7GW into the EU each year, at a minimum price of €0.56/W.

The agreement was largely seen as a victory for China’s PV industry, although it may force some lower-tier Chinese players out of business.

The EU still needs to finalise the deal by the end of the year.