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Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods

United States Patent

January 5, 2016
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A photovoltaic array, including: (a) supports laid out on a surface in rows and columns; (b) photovoltaic modules positioned on top of the supports; and (c) fasteners connecting the photovoltaic modules to the supports, wherein the supports have an upper pedestal surface and a lower pedestal surface such that the photovoltaic modules are positioned at a non-horizontal angle when edges of the photovoltaic modules are positioned on top of the upper and lower pedestal surfaces, and wherein a portion of the fasteners rotate to lock the photovoltaic modules onto the supports.
West; Jack Raymond (San Rafael, CA), Atchley; Brian (San Rafael, CA), Hudson; Tyrus Hawkes (San Rafael, CA), Johansen; Emil (San Rafael, CA)
SolarCity Corporation (San Mateo, CA)
14/ 593,430
January 9, 2015
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.