Sundog Energy’s latest UK solar project has become the first in Europe to utilise the new Trina Solar Trinamount mounting system. The 50kWp retrofit installation at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Mart, Cockermouth, is also Cumbria’s largest commercial solar project to date.

The state-of-the-art 50kWp installation comprises 212 Trina Solar high-efficiency PV modules mounted on a pitched steel roof. The system will provide enough solar energy to power Mitchell’s business during the day with surplus power being exported and sold to the National Grid.  

The new Trinamount system was selected by Sundog Energy due to its ability to significantly speed up the installation time of Trina’s solar PV panels by reducing the number of parts and eliminating the need for traditional mounting rails.

Martin Cotterell, Founder and Technical Director of Sundog said, “We had a race against time in very testing weather conditions to complete this landmark installation before the December 12 deadline for the feed-in tariff, so we were really able to put the new mounting system through its paces and appreciate the very significant benefits it brings.”

Bill Roberts, Managing Director of Sundog said, “The recently announced reduction in solar subsidies means that we are adopting innovative ways to reduce installation times and therefore costs for our customers and the installers we supply. We believe that this new system will be quickly taken up by installers around the UK.”