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Multi-position photovoltaic assembly

United States Patent

March 18, 2003
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The invention is directed to a PV assembly, for use on a support surface, comprising a base, a PV module, a multi-position module support assembly, securing the module to the base at shipping and inclined-use angles, a deflector, a multi-position deflector support securing the deflector to the base at deflector shipping and deflector inclined-use angles, the module and deflector having opposed edges defining a gap therebetween. The invention permits transport of the PV assemblies in a relatively compact form, thus lowering shipping costs, while facilitating installation of the PV assemblies with the PV module at the proper inclination.
Dinwoodie; Thomas L. (Piedmont, CA)
Powerlight Corporation (Berkeley, CA)
09/ 902,476
July 10, 2001
The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstance 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.