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Fire resistant PV shingle assembly

United States Patent

October 2, 2012
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A fire resistant PV shingle assembly includes a PV assembly, including PV body, a fire shield and a connection member connecting the fire shield below the PV body, and a support and inter-engagement assembly. The support and inter-engagement assembly is mounted to the PV assembly and comprises a vertical support element, supporting the PV assembly above a support surface, an upper interlock element, positioned towards the upper PV edge, and a lower interlock element, positioned towards the lower PV edge. The upper interlock element of one PV shingle assembly is inter-engageable with the lower interlock element of an adjacent PV shingle assembly. In some embodiments the PV shingle assembly may comprise a ventilation path below the PV body. The PV body may be slidably mounted to the connection member to facilitate removal of the PV body.
Lenox; Carl J. S. (Oakland, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
11/ 140,261
May 27, 2005
STATE SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with State of California support under California Energy Commission contract number 500-00-034. The Energy Commission has certain rights to this invention.