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PV module mounting method and mounting assembly

United States Patent

April 23, 2013
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A method for mounting PV modules to a deck includes selecting PV module layout pattern so that adjacent PV module edges are spaced apart. PV mounting and support assemblies are secured to the deck according to the layout pattern using fasteners extending into the deck. The PV modules are placed on the PV mounting and support assemblies. Retaining elements are located over and secured against the upper peripheral edge surfaces of the PV modules so to secure them to the deck with the peripheral edges of the PV modules spaced apart from the deck. In some examples a PV module mounting assembly, for use on a shingled deck, comprises flashing, a base mountable on the flashing, a deck-penetrating fastener engageable with the base and securable to the deck so to secure the flashing and the base to the shingled deck, and PV module mounting hardware securable to the base.
Lenox; Carl J. S. (Oakland, CA), Johnson; Kurt M. (Richmond, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
11/ 776,316
July 11, 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.