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Apparatuses to support photovoltaic modules

United States Patent

9,743,501
August 22, 2017
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Methods and apparatuses to support photovoltaic ("PV") modules are described. A saddle bracket has a mounting surface to support one or more PV modules over a tube, a gusset coupled to the mounting surface, and a mounting feature coupled to the gusset to couple to the tube. A grounding washer has a first portion to couple to a support; and a second portion coupled to the first portion to provide a ground path to a PV module. A PV system has a saddle bracket; a PV module over the saddle bracket; and a grounding washer coupled to the saddle bracket and the PV module. Saddle brackets can be coupled to a torque tube at predetermined locations. PV modules can be coupled to the saddle brackets.
Ciasulli; John (San Francisco, CA), Jones; Jason (Berkeley, CA)
SunPower Corporation (San Jose, CA)
14/ 272,794
20140238470
May 8, 2014
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS The invention described herein was 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 invention.