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Stackable tracking solar collector assembly

United States Patent

January 26, 2016
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A solar collector assembly may include a frame supporting a solar collector and a frame member defining a tilted pivot axis. Support struts may be used to elevate one end of the frame and may be pivoted between an orientation generally parallel to the frame member and to an orientation generally away from the frame. Anchorless, ballast type bases may be used to support the solar collector assembly. Several assemblies may be stacked on top of one another in a storage or transportation configuration using spacers extending between the frames.
Shugar; Daniel S. (San Bruno, CA), Almy; Charles (Berkeley, CA), Peurach; John (San Francisco, CA), Coleman; Nathaniel T. (Oakland, CA), Jones; Jason (Berkeley, CA), Sandler; Reuben (Berkeley, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
12/ 021,682
January 29, 2008
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Subcontract Number ZAX-6-33628-09 awarded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The U.S. Government has certain rights to this invention.