Method and Apparatus for Forming and Mounting a Photovoltaic Array

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13961723

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The method and apparatus for forming and mounting a photovoltaic (PV) array of this invention is disclosed and provides, without limitation, (i) a PV module framing and coupling system which enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array and (ii) an ancillary device attachment bracket, system, and method. One embodiment may provide a slidable parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement, thereby enabling the formation of a PV array with improved structural load distribution. Another embodiment may provide a photovoltaic module accessory bracket, comprising: a substantially rigid plate comprising a flexible spring tab; a first ear substantially rigidly positioned on the plate; a second ear positioned on the spring tab; wherein the spring tab flexes backward away from the plate during connection to a frame of a photovoltaic module to allow the first ear to engage the frame, and a forward force applied to the spring tab locks the second ear to the frame.

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SOLARCITY CORPORATION3055 CLEARVIEW WAY SAN MATEO CA 94402

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hudson, Tyrus San Rafael, US 28 359
West, Brian San Rafael, US 58 1637
West, John R San Rafael, US 31 1838

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