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Photovoltaic module mounting system

United States Patent

April 17, 2012
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A solar array mounting system having unique installation, load distribution, and grounding features, and which is adaptable for mounting solar panels having no external frame. The solar array mounting system includes flexible, pedestal-style feet and structural links connected in a grid formation on the mounting surface. The photovoltaic modules are secured in place via the use of attachment clamps that grip the edge of the typically glass substrate. The panel mounting clamps are then held in place by tilt brackets and/or mid-link brackets that provide fixation for the clamps and align the solar panels at a tilt to the horizontal mounting surface. The tilt brackets are held in place atop the flexible feet and connected link members thus creating a complete mounting structure.
Miros; Robert H. J. (Fairfax, CA), Mittan; Margaret Birmingham (Oakland, CA), Seery; Martin N. (San Rafael, CA), Holland; Rodney H. (Novato, CA)
Sunlink Corporation (San Rafael, CA)
12/ 587,970
October 15, 2009
This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-07GO17047 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.