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Support for solar energy collectors

United States Patent

November 1, 2016
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A solar energy collection system can include support devices configured to accommodate misalignment of components during assembly. For example, the system can include piles fixed to the earth and an adjustable bearing assembly at the upper end of the pile. The adjustable bearing assembly can include at least one of a vertical adjustment device, a lateral adjustment device and an angular adjustment device. The solar energy collection system can also include a plurality of solar energy collection device pre-wired together and mounted to a support member so as to form modular units. The system can also include enhanced supports for wire trays extending between rows of solar energy collection devices.
Cole; Corey (Richmond, CA), Ardell-Smith; Zachary (San Leandro, CA), Ciasulli; John (San Diego, CA), Jensen; Soren (Mill Valley, CA)
13/ 176,276
July 5, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The inventions described herein were made with Governmental support under contract number DE-FC36-07GO17043 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government may have certain rights in the inventions disclosed.