Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL) has unveiled a 29 kW on-site PV installation that will help power the headquarters of the Lotus Formula 1 team near Oxford, UK.

Consisting of 128 panels, the rooftop installation has operated since late April and provides about 75% of the power for a cutting-edge racetrack simulator at Lotus’s high-tech facility in Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Lotus F1 PV array

Under its long-term collaboration with the Chinese solar giant, Lotus F1 has already installed PV panels on its motorhome used to host its team and VIP guests at European F1 races.

Ben Hill, Head of Trina Solar Europe, described the installation as a pioneering use of the company’s Trinamount system, in which PV panels are fitted directly into their supporting frame. The Enstone array was installed over only two days while the work was originally scheduled to take two weeks using traditional methods.

By cutting time, labour and parts, Trinamount offers a means to cut costs amid falling prices across the PV industry, said Hill.

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