Wednesday, October 15, 2008

China: Wind Power for 1.3B People


In a recent trip to China, I experienced the "China Speed" in developing their new mega cities all over the country. The magnitude is beyond my imagination. Anything in this country is "big". 1.3B population, yes it is a "B", and let me tell you this, the population of children under age 10 is the same as the whole population of Canada: 40 Million. The China's biggest city Shanghai is twice the size of New York. The high speed train of Shanghai is two times faster than US, that is half the speed of an airplane.

Then you will ask, where does China get all the energy it needs? The answer is simple, China does not have enough energy to sustain such a magnitude of growth, and it imports crude from every single corner of the earth. And it is planning big for its next generation of energy: Wind power.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, China's installed wind energy capacity could reach 122GW by 2020. China's exploitable wind resource is estimated around 1000GW. In Inner Mongolia of Northern China, massive wind projects have been deployed over the last couple of years, the estimated capacity has reached over 1GW. In West China, provinces such as Gansu, and Qinghai, are also developing their own wind power projects to meet local energy demand. The central government has chosen wind power as an important alternative energy to combat green house emission and secure energy supply.

The wind energy booming in China has attracted many worldwide wind turbine manufacturers invest in China, such as GE (GE), Gamesa (GCTAF.PK) and Vestas (VWDRY.PK). There are also many domestic manufacturers including A Power Energy Generation (APWR), Nantong CASC, REpower North, Nordex, Hunan Hara XEMC Windpower. Among these companies, only GE, Vestas, and APWR are listed in North America, and recently APWR signed 50 of 2.7MW wind turbine contract, and has total annual production capacity of 1.1GW by 2009.

Trina Solar Announces Selected Estimated Third Quarter Results

CHANGZHOU, China, Oct. 15 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trina Solar Limited ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, founded in 1997, today announced its selected estimated unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2008.

For the third quarter of 2008, the Company expects its net revenues to be in the range of approximately $285 million to $294 million, exceeding its previously forecasted range of $250 million to $265 million. The new range, which includes non-module income, represents an approximately 40% to 44% increase from its net revenues in the second quarter of 2008. During the quarter, the Company shipped approximately 66 MW of PV modules, compared to its previously forecasted range of 62 MW to 66 MW. As guided previously, the Company's gross margin for the third quarter is expected to be in the range of approximately 23.0% to 25.0%, and its operating margin is expected to be in the range of approximately 15.0% to 17.0%.

"We are very pleased with our continued strong growth in the third quarter, reflecting our increasingly recognized brand and strong sales distribution capabilities in existing and new markets," said Mr. Jifan Gao, Trina Solar'sChairman and CEO. "We expect to strengthen our operating cash flows over the third and fourth quarters of 2008, which combined with the proceeds from our senior convertible notes offering, will greatly enhance our cash position for future operations."

As these selected estimated results are subject to the Company's normal, quarter-end closing procedures, the Company's actual results may differ from its current estimates.

Based on customer commitments in signed contracts and the Company's current operating and market conditions, the Company believes it is on track to meet or exceed its full year 2008 targeted total net revenues of between $850 million and $900 million.

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) is a well recognized manufacturer of high quality modules and has a long history as a solar PV pioneer since it was founded in 1997 as a system installation company. Trina Solar is one of the few PV manufacturers that has developed a vertically integrated business model from the production of monocrystalline and multicrystalline ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of high quality modules. Trina Solar's products provide reliable and environmentally-friendly electric power for a growing variety of end-user applications worldwide. For further information, please visit Trina Solar's website at .