Trina Solar this week announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Brazilian distributor Aldo Solar to supply its latest modules to the South American nation’s distributed generation customers.
According to Aldo Solar, pre-sale of modules will begin today with the first shipments from Trina expected to arrive at its headquarters in Maringá in the south of Brazil by the third week of the month.
The partnership will initially focus on supplying the Chinese manufacturer’s Tallmax module. The product was launched in May and features half-cut cell and multi busbar technologies for a reported power rating of more than 400 W.
Aldo Solar says it will be the first company to supply the high efficiency products in Brazil. According to consultancy Greener, mono PERC technology represented around 10% of the modules imported to Brazil in the first three months of the year.
“The partnership with Trina Solar marks one important step for the Brazilian solar photovoltaic market,” said Aldo Teixeira, founder and president of Aldo Solar. “With this partnership we hope to spread solar technology and offer surprising conditions for clean and cheaper energy for all Brazilians.”
Brazil’s distributed generation segment – which includes all net metered projects with a generation capacity of up to 5 MW – saw 137% growth in the first quarter according to Greener, and is expected to continue an impressive growth trajectory despite government plans to reduce net metering tariffs which would likely extend the payback period for commercial and residential systems from five to six years.
According to Brazilian solar association ABSOLAR, the country’s distributed segment has had investment of BRL4.8 billion ($1.2 billion) since 2012 and has a total installed capacity of around 827.5 MW. This year Brazil overtook Chile as Latin America’s second largest solar market after Mexico, with an installed base of 2.5 GW.