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Solar panel truss mounting systems and methods

United States Patent

9,379,660
June 28, 2016
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An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a solar panel truss mounting system comprising a base and a truss assembly coupled to the base. The truss assembly comprises a first panel rail mount, second panel rail mount parallel to the first panel rail mount, base rail mount parallel to the first and second panel rail mounts, and a plurality of support members. A first portion of the plurality of support members extends between the first and second panel rail mounts. A second portion of the plurality of support members extends between the first panel rail mount and the base rail mount. A third portion of the plurality of support members extends between the second panel rail mount and the base rail mount. The system can further comprise a plurality of connectors for coupling a plurality of photovoltaic solar panels to the truss assembly.
Al-Haddad; Tristan Farris (Clarkson, GA), Cavieres; Andres (Atlanta, GA), Gentry; Russell (Decatur, GA), Goodman; Joseph (Atlanta, GA), Nolan; Wade (Birmingham, AL), Pitelka; Taylor (Atlanta, GA), Rahimzadeh; Keyan (Atlanta, GA), Brooks; Bradley (Atlanta, GA), Lohr; Joshua (Atlanta, GA), Crooks; Ryan (Atlanta, GA), Porges; Jamie (Atlanta, GA), Rubin; Daniel (Atlanta, GA)
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA), Radiance Solar, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
14/ 849,835
20150381105
September 10, 2015
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH STATEMENT The invention described in this patent application was made with Government support under Agreement No. DE-EE0005441, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention described in this patent application.