System for mounting a photovoltaic module to a surface

  • US 8,128,044 B2
  • Filed: 08/02/2010
  • Issued: 03/06/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for removably and adjustably mounting a photovoltaic module or other flat panel on a surface, comprising:

  • a rail with at least two tracks;

    wherein the rail has a body having a proximal end, a distal end, and a hollow chamber therebetween;

    wherein the rail is removably mountable on a footing grid;

    wherein each of the at least two tracks has a channel extending a length of the rail;

    and further wherein the channel in each of the at least two tracks has a slot extending the length of the rail, wherein the slot in one of the at least two tracks is disposed substantially at a right angle to the slot in any other of the at least two tracks;

    a plurality of keepers on which to mount the rail; and

    one or more clamps for connecting a photovoltaic module or other flat panel to the rail, wherein the one or more clamps includes a base, a descending member monolithically extending from the base, and an ascending member monolithically extending from the base in a direction substantially opposite a direction of the descending member.

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