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Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods

United States Patent

8,898,971
December 2, 2014
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An apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module on a surface, including a support with an upper surface, a lower surface, tabs, one or more openings, and a clip comprising an arm and a notch, where the apparatus resists wind forces and seismic forces and creates a grounding electrical bond between the PV module, support, and clip. The invention further includes a method for installing PV modules on a surface that includes arranging supports in rows along an X axis and in columns along a Y axis on a surface such that in each row the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the longest side of a PV module and in each column the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the shortest side of a PV module.
West; John Raymond (San Rafael, CA), Atchley; Brian (San Rafael, CA), Hudson; Tyrus Hawkes (San Rafael, CA), Johansen; Emil (San Rafael, CA)
Zep Solar, LLC (San Rafael, CA)
14/ 137,989
December 20, 2013
GOVERNMENT INTEREST The present application was made pursuant to U.S. Department of Energy Grant DE-EE0005439. The government may have certain rights in this invention.