Trina Solar signs major wafer and glass supply deals

Trina Solar has signed major wafer and solar-grade glass supply deals as it continues to ramp production of its new Vertex series of modules

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In recently confirmed deals, Trina Solar has signed a contract with Wuxi Shangji CNC for the supply of more than 2 billion wafers between 2021 and 2025. In each of the next five years Trina is to purchase no less than 4GW of wafers, with the contract’s total wafer capacity amounting to 20GW, or 2 billion pieces.

Meanwhile, Trina has turned to Chinese glass provider Almaden for a major photovoltaic glass contract that will span over the next two years. It appears Trina has secured the glass from Almaden at a far cheaper price than current market rates, to be used mainly in the production of the manufacturer’s new Vertex series of high-power module products.

Trina intends to reach a production capacity of 21GW for the Vertex series by 2021 and 31GW by 2022. Trina launched the Vertex series earlier this year, initially with a 550W version with 600W and higher power equivalents also in the pipeline.

Almaden, meanwhile, noted that a further glass furnace is under construction in order to meet accelerated demand for glass and is slated to begin production in the middle of next year.