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Photovoltaic module mounting clip with integral grounding

United States Patent

October 14, 2008
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An electrically conductive mounting/grounding clip, for use with a photovoltaic assembly of the type having an electrically conductive frame, comprises an electrically conductive body. The body has a central portion and first and second spaced-apart arms extending generally perpendicular to the central portion. Each arm has an outer portion with each outer portion having an outer end. At least one frame surface-disrupting element is at each outer end. The central portion defines a plane with the frame surface-disrupting elements pointing towards the plane. In some examples each arm extends from the central portion at an acute angle to the plane.
Lenox; Carl J. (Oakland, CA)
Sunpower Corporation, Systems (Richmond, CA)
11/ 681,972
March 5, 2007
STATE SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with State of California support under California Commission Agreement Number 500-04-022. The Energy Commission has certain rights to this invention.