An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a solar assembly comprising a frame and a plurality of solar photovoltaic laminates. The frame can substantially define a perimeter of the assembly and can comprise an elongated channel spanning an interior of at least a portion of the frame. The channel can comprise an electrical bus bar. The plurality of solar photovoltaic laminates can be positioned adjacent each other and supported and secured in place by the frame along one or more edges of the plurality of laminates. Each of the plurality of laminates can one or more bus bar leads exiting the laminate between a top encapsulate layer and a bottom encapsulate layer of the laminate on a side edge of the laminate that can be substantially adjacent a portion of the frame. Each of the bus bar leads can be electrically coupled to the bus bar.
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH STATEMENT
 This invention was made with Government support under Agreement No. DE-EE0005441, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.