Photovoltaic array

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6617507
APP PUB NO 20030094193A1
SERIAL NO

09993875

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A photovoltaic array (20, 20') includes a plurality of elongated rails (28) each of which has a lower base (30) and an upper cap (32) of an extruded resin construction defining a pair of grooves (36) that open in opposite directions from each other to receive edges 36 of rectangular photovoltaic modules (22) so as to provide mounting thereof on a support surface (20, 24). The photovoltaic modules (22) are arranged in pairs (38) with the modules of each pair abutting each other and with each pair of modules being spaced along the elongated lengths of the rails from each adjacent pair of modules to provide openings (40) therebetween. Cross members (42) extend between the lower bases (30) of the rails to space the rails from each other and have upwardly opening shapes that receive electrical wiring (44).

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
FIRST SOLAR, INC.PERRYSBURG, OH278

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Crosser, Larry G Perrysburg, OH 7 333
Foote, James B Toledo, OH 12 638
Mapes, Donald R Glendale, AZ 3 267
Richie, Jr Benjamin L Scottsdale, AZ 3 161

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