Solar PV manufacturer Trina Solar has signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement with the Administrative Committee of the Hefei Xinzhan General Pilot Zone to set up distributed generation (DG) solar power and related projects of up to 300MW capacity in Hefei, Anhui Province in eastern China.

Under the initial phase of the project, the partners will undertake a 30MW commercial rooftop development. Trina Solar will start construction on this project in the second quarter the year.

Once operational, the development will be one of the largest single-unit commercial rooftop projects in the Asian country.

Xinzhan General Pilot Zone is the chief solar photovoltaic (PV) industry development location in the Chinese city of Hefei. Through the collaboration, the authorities will assist Trina Solar to obtain support from the local government.

"Under the initial phase of the project, the partners will undertake a 30MW commercial rooftop development."

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao said: "This partnership is a strong strategic fit and marks the first significant step in our journey to build on our DG solar power business this year.

"China’s ongoing efforts to promote clean energy with supportive policies and reinforcement of the DG solar power projects development have resulted in increasing awareness and recognition in the market for DG solar power projects.

"We are excited and ready to work with a partner who shares our aspirations for DG solar power development in China, and we believe our first mover advantage will position us well to excel in the DG solar power sector.

"Moreover, the favourable external environment combined with our strong track record, long-established brand recognition, state-of-the-art products and effective marketing, make us highly confident that we can deliver on our goal of expanding our footprint in the DG solar power market this year."