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Solar Array Foundation and Installation

United States Patent Application

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Concepts and technologies described herein provide for a cost-effective method and system for installing a solar array without utilizing a concrete foundation that supports a mast. According to various aspects, a solar array is attached to a helical anchor via a solar tracking mechanism. The helical anchor is a one-piece apparatus that is screwed into the ground so that the helical anchor includes an above-ground portion for connection to the solar array, and an underground portion that provides the foundation for supporting the solar array. The specific configuration of the helical anchor and a corresponding helical anchor blade may be selected according to soil and environmental characteristics associated with the installation location.
Ventura, Mark C. (Huntington Beach, CA), Cassens, Stephen K. (Dallas, TX), Rau, Scott James (Murrieta, CA)
12/ 613,252
November 5, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FC36-07GO17052 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.