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Stabilized PV system

United States Patent

December 17, 2002
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A stabilized PV system comprises an array of photovoltaic (PV) assemblies mounted to a support surface. Each PV assembly comprises a PV module and a support assembly securing the PV module to a position overlying the support surface. The array of modules is circumscribed by a continuous, belt-like perimeter assembly. Cross strapping, extending above, below or through the array, or some combination of above, below and through the array, secures a first position along the perimeter assembly to at least a second position along the perimeter assembly thereby stabilizing the array against wind uplift forces. The first and second positions may be on opposite sides on the array.
Dinwoodie; Thomas L. (Piedmont, CA)
PowerLight Corporation (Berkeley, CA)
09/ 902,464
July 10, 2001
The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of PVMat Subcontract ZAX-8-17647-12 awarded by the Department of Energy.