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Apparatus for mounting photovoltaic power generating systems on buildings

United States Patent

August 18, 2009
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Rectangular photovoltaic (PV) modules are mounted on a building roof by mounting stands that are distributed in rows and columns. Each stand comprises a base plate and first and second different height brackets attached to opposite ends of the base plate. Each first and second bracket comprises two module-support members. One end of each module is pivotally attached to and supported by a first module-support member of a first bracket and a second module-support member of another first bracket. At its other end each module rests on but is connected by flexible tethers to module-support members of two different second brackets. The tethers are sized to allow the modules to pivot up away from the module-support members on which they rest to a substantially horizontal position in response to wind uplift forces.
Russell; Miles C. (Lincoln, MA)
Schott Solar, Inc. (Billerica, MA)
11/ 243,758
October 5, 2005
This invention was made using government funds under Department of Energy Subcontract No. NREL NDO-2-30628-05.