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Title: Photovoltaic array mounting apparatus, systems, and methods

An apparatus for mounting a photovoltaic (PV) module on a surface, including a support with an upper surface, a lower surface, tabs, one or more openings, and a clip comprising an arm and a notch, where the apparatus resists wind forces and seismic forces and creates a grounding electrical bond between the PV module, support, and clip. The invention further includes a method for installing PV modules on a surface that includes arranging supports in rows along an X axis and in columns along a Y axis on a surface such that in each row the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the longest side of a PV module and in each column the distance between two neighboring supports does not exceed the length of the shortest side of a PV module.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1164707
Report Number(s):
8,898,971
14/137,989
DOE Contract Number:
EE0005439
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Dec 20
Research Org:
Zep Solar, LLC, San Rafael, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING