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DIRECT ANCHORING SOLAR MODULE SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION METHOD

United States Patent Application

20180041161
A1
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A mounting system and techniques for securing solar panels to a fixed structure including a plurality of mounting brackets and tracks and a plurality of mounting feet that connect to the tracks and anchor to the fixed structure. Each mounting bracket has a means to interconnect and interlock with the mounting brackets on adjacent solar modules. In addition, the mounting feet have a quick release mechanism to connect and disconnect from the track. The mounting feet are appropriately selected for the given fixed structure or roof type. The solar module system, in accordance with certain embodiments, has toggle anchors to reliably mount into sheathing plywood or OSB material. The solar module system, in accordance with certain embodiments, also describes an electrical conduction and coupling system for solar modules that integrates electrical coupling with mechanical coupling at the point of mechanical attachment.
GOLDBERG, Neil (Berkeley, CA), TYLER, Troy Douglas (El Cerrito, CA), SCHULZ, David (Berkeley, CA), DAVIS, Bron (Vacaville, CA), KIM, Eugene (Orinda, CA), WOLFE, John (Berkeley, CA), PRACA, Miguel Martinho Lopes (Kentfield, CA)
15/ 555,944
March 2, 2016
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0003] This invention was made with Government support under Award No. DE-EE0006457 and Award No. DE-EE0006693 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.