Sustainability

As part of our commitment to sustainable development and innovation, we will continue to integrate the ideas in our entire manufacturing and operation process. We strive to drive down the cost of photovoltaic (PV) power generation through constant technological innovation, making solar power affordable for everyone while meeting the worldwide demand for clean energy. We look forward to creating a framework for a future-oriented, cleaner, sustainable energy system so as to benefit mankind with solar energy.

—The Chairman and CEO Jifan Gao

 

Sustainability
#1
Sustainability #1 Rank in the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) Solar Scorecard 2014
Electricity
21.6%
Reduction in electricity use per MW produced (2010-2015)
Water Usage
36.8%
Reduction in water use per MW produced (2010 -2015)
GHG Emissions
24.6%
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2010-2015)
 
 

Our commitment

Trina Solar plays an important role in setting new benchmarks for the global industry by fostering best practices, world-class quality standards and sound policies. We are committed to providing clean, sustainable solutions throughout the entire manufacturing life cycle of our products. The World Economic Forum recognized Trina as its inaugural Global Growth Company Industry Shaper for the solar sector in 2010.

Continuous improvement

Trina Solar is an industry leader in sustainable business and manufacturing practices with a proven track record of excellence. Because we recognize there is always room to grow, we continue to research and develop more efficient and environmentally friendly ways of producing our solar panels. 

Responsible third party reporting

It is Trina's policy to be as open and transparent as possible around our processes. Working with accredited third-party partners to help us measure and confirm our performance on key metrics of sustainable manufacturing. These reports let us set goals, track our progress and stay accountable to our employees, communities and customers.

Responsible manufacturing

Careful monitoring of our annual manufacturing emissions and our product’s carbon footprint has allowed us to optimize operations and reduce both our electricity and water consumption by over 60 percent each. We are also a member of PV Cycle, which ensures our products are recycled at the end of their life.

Electricity Reduction

Trina has significantly reduced our electricity usage by recovering and reusing residual heat from our silicon plant with cooling water; selectively using refrigeration units and air-cooled heat pumps; collecting and reusing reverse osmosis concentrated water; and reducing compressed dry air (CDA) system regeneration time.

Water Reduction

Trina built a waste water treatment plant to treat and recycle campus water. With careful measurement of our water use, we’ve maximized our use of both used and recycled water.

GHG Emissions

Trina Solar has conducted ISO14064 Greenhouse Gas Emission Data verification for three consecutive years and put substantial efforts in establishing a systematic methodology to quantify and report GHG emissions.

Globally recognized for our corporate social responsibility

Our commitment to our employees, community and the environment has been recognized globally. For the third consecutive year Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition's (SVTC) 2014 Solar Scorecard ranked Trina Solar No. 1 globally for environmental and social performance. Moreover, in 2016 Trina was awarded a Silver Rating in the global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance survey conducted by independent rating agency EcoVadis.

Empowering communities

Solar provides an affordable, reliable and clean source of electricity for communities that need a more cost-effective alternative to the grid or that are already off the energy grid. Trina Solar is committed to empowering individuals and their communities. 

For example, Trina Solar donated 10 million RMB to set up the Siyuan Sunshine Entrepreneurship Fund, which aims at empowering the college students in the underdeveloped and marginalized communities through PV-related vocational education and entrepreneurship trainings.

In 2014 Trina Solar donated 4 kilowatts of PV modules to the Sun Star hybrid power system in Cape Town, South Africa. The construction was later dismantled and all the modules were donated to support a local low-income community.

Students from Trina Solar International School brought gifts as well as love and warmth to Changzhou Children’s Welfare Institute.

In 2014 Trina Solar, together with its partners SunPlan and MaxSolar, donated 9.5 kilowatts of photovoltaic modules to Tanzania Msafiri English primary school, supporting the education of 170 students.