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Ballasted tracker drive assembly

PV modules and ballast arm assemblies are mounted onto a torque tube suspended from a support structure. The support structures allows torque tube, and mounted PV modules and ballast arm assemblies, to freely rotate. The ballast arm assembly includes a drive mechanism, an arm and a ballast. The drive mechanism... Solarcity Corporation

Colored photovoltaic modules

A low-reflection-loss low-angle-sensitive colored photovoltaic (PV) module is described. This colored PV module includes a transparent substrate; an array of solar cells encapsulated between a top encapsulation sheet and a bottom encapsulation sheet; and a color filter structure embedded between the top encapsulation sheet and the transparent substrate and configured... Solarcity Corporation

Systems, curing conductive paste

One embodiment can provide a system for curing conductive paste applied on photovoltaic structures. The system can include a wafer carrier for carrying a plurality of photovoltaic structures and a heater. The wafer carrier can include a surface element that is in direct contact with the photovoltaic structures and is... Solarcity Corporation

Systems and methods for controlling pv production within energy export constraints

A method for controlling photovoltaic (PV) production and storage at a site is disclosed. The method includes monitoring a gross electric load and an actual PV output of the site over time and determining a net load at the site during a time period. The net load is then compared... Solarcity Corporation

System and manufacturing photovoltaic structures with a metal seed layer

One embodiment of the present invention can provide a system for fabrication of a photovoltaic structure. The system can include a physical vapor deposition tool configured to sequentially deposit a transparent conductive oxide layer and a metallic layer on an emitter layer formed in a first surface of a Si... Solarcity Corporation

Energy generation interactions bypassing the grid

Methods, devices, and systems for controlling energy generation interactions that bypass the grid may be provided. Flow control devices may be directly connected with one another independent of electrical connections to the utility grid. In some examples, the direct connections between the devices may enable sharing of power, controlling power... Solarcity Corporation

Power control system with fault detection and data retention for energy generation systems

A programmable microcontroller and a non-volatile memory are coupled to monitor and store operating parameters associated with operation of a power control system for a power generation system. The microcontroller is programmed to respond to a fault event (i.e., an anomalous condition that exceeds a threshold value) by storing the... Solarcity Corporation

Over-center under photovoltaic module clamp

Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto PV module mounting brackets of a solar torque tube via clamps. The clamps include a first hook rotatably attached to a main body, and a second hook rotatably attached to the main body. The clamps provide for simultaneously securing a first photovoltaic module to the... Solarcity Corporation

Flat roof inverter rack

A multi-component inverter rack formed from sheet metal is disclosed. Some of the sheet metal derived parts used to form the multi-component inverter rack can be interchangeable. The multi-component inverter rack can include attachment points for an inverter, a load center and other supporting electrical components.... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic structures with interlocking busbars

One embodiment can provide a current-collecting mechanism of a photovoltaic structure. The current-collecting mechanism can include a top metallic grid positioned on a top surface of the photovoltaic structure and a bottom metallic grid positioned on the bottom surface of the photovoltaic structure. The top metallic grid can include a... Solarcity Corporation

Spring latch saddle connector for solar tracker

Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors having spring latch assemblies. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. The orientation projections... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic module connector for solar tracker

Photovoltaic modules are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via pairs or left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors or brackets. The left-handed and right-handed photovoltaic array connectors have orientation projections that couple with and extend into the interior body of the torque tube. Pairs of left-handed photovoltaic array... Solarcity Corporation

Pre-assembled nesting photovoltaic module bracket for solar tracker

Photovoltaic module assemblies are mounted onto a solar tracker array torque tube via photovoltaic module brackets. The photovoltaic module brackets provide for stacking photovoltaic module assemblies in a nested configuration. The photovoltaic module assemblies are pre-assembled off-site, at a location different than the photovoltaic array installation site, and the nested... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic structure cleaving system

A cleaving system and method are described. The system can include a holding apparatus to retain a photovoltaic structure at a center section of a cleaving platform. The system can further include a contact apparatus to make contact with the photovoltaic structure and separate it into a plurality of strips.... Solarcity Corporation

Power conditioning units

We describe a power conditioning unit with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) for a dc power source, in particular a photovoltaic panel. A power injection control block has a sense input coupled to an energy storage capacitor on a dc link and controls a dc-to-ac converter to control the injected... Solarcity Corporation

Renewable energy power generation systems

We describe a modular adjustable power factor renewable energy inverter system. The system comprises a plurality of inverter modules having a switched capacitor across its ac power output, a power measurement system coupled to a communication interface, and a power factor controller to control switching of the capacitor. A system... Solarcity Corporation

Control system for maintaining preferred battery levels in a microgrid

A system for controlling a battery state-of-energy within a microgrid includes an energy generation (EG) system, an electrical load coupled to the EG system, an energy storage system coupled to the EG system and the electrical load, and a controller coupled to the EG system and the energy storage system.... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic mounting system with sealant injector inlet

Photovoltaic mounting systems that form chemical flashings are provided herein. Such mounting systems can include a mounting plate adapted to interface with an off-the-shelf mounting puck so as to allow mounting of the puck on the roof surface without use of traditional roof flashing and/or modification of shingles of the... Solarcity Corporation

System and creating a pattern on a photovoltaic structure

A system and method for fabricating a photovoltaic structure is provided. During fabrication, the system can apply a wax coating on at least one surface of a multilayer photovoltaic structure, the surface of the multilayer photovoltaic structure being electrically conductive. The system can then pattern the wax coating using one... Solarcity Corporation

Rapid shutdown and safety disconnect for hybrid pv systems

Embodiments of the present disclosure describe an energy generation system including a rapid shutdown mechanism configured to prevent a flow of power from a photovoltaic (PV) array when activated, a battery pack comprising one or more power storage devices, and an inverter coupled to the rapid shutdown mechanism and the... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic mounting system

A photovoltaic mounting system having an elongated connector base. The elongated connector base can included photovoltaic module connector portion for supporting a pair of elevated photovoltaic modules above the base. The base may include a captive screw system for holding a pair of mounting screws in place prior to installation... Solarcity Corporation

Method of manufacturing photovoltaic panels with various geometrical shapes

One embodiment of the present invention provides a photovoltaic module. The photovoltaic module includes a front-side cover, a back-side cover, and a plurality of angled photovoltaic strings situated between the front- and back-side covers. A respective angled photovoltaic string includes a plurality of photovoltaic cells coupled in series with an... Solarcity Corporation

Photovoltaic mounting system for solar tracker array

Mounting systems are disclosed for attaching photovoltaic modules to torque tubes. Such systems can include saddle brackets that maximize space along a torque tube by sharing torque tube mounting holes between adjacent brackets. The brackets can be positionally stable on the torque tube prior to complete installation to enable a... Solarcity Corporation

Building integrated photovoltaic roofing assemblies and associated systems and methods

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing and appear seamless to an observer. BIPV systems can be on-roof systems, elevated from the surface of a roof, being flush or forming a substantively uniform plane with roof panels or other panels mimicking a... Solarcity Corporation

Building integrated photovoltaic roofing assemblies and associated systems and methods

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing and appear seamless to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, flush or forming a substantively uniform plane with roof panels or... Solarcity Corporation

Building integrated photovoltaic roofing assemblies and associated systems and methods

Building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems provide for solar panel arrays that can be aesthetically pleasing and appear seamless to an observer. BIPV systems can be incorporated as part of roof surfaces as built into the structure of the roof, flush or forming a substantively uniform plane with roof panels or... Solarcity Corporation

Pile cap with integrated bearing housing

This disclosure relates to the design of pile cap assemblies configured to rotatably couple the torque tube of a photovoltaic solar tracker to multiple support piles that elevate the torque tube above the ground. The pile cap assemblies define low friction bearings that allow the torque tube to rotate smoothly... Solarcity Corporation

Method and forming and mounting a photovoltaic array

A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system 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. The apparatus provides a parallel... Solarcity Corporation

Inverters

We describe a photovoltaic power conditioning unit for delivering power from multiple photovoltaic panels to an ac mains power supply output, comprising: a dc input for receiving power from multiple photovoltaic panels; an ac output for delivering ac power to the ac supply; a bank of electrolytic energy storage capacitors... Solarcity Corporation

Three-directional photovoltaic module connector

A three-directional photovoltaic module connector. The module connector includes first serial connection portion on each side for connecting two adjacent photovoltaic modules together in a serial, end-to-end connection. The module connector also includes a first parallel connection portion for connecting the two serially connected pairs of adjacent photovoltaic modules together... Solarcity Corporation

Advanced design of metallic grid in photovoltaic structures

One embodiment of the present invention provides a photovoltaic cell. The photovoltaic cell includes a multi-layer semiconductor structure with at least one tapered corner and an electrode that includes a metallic grid having a plurality of finger lines and a single busbar with multiple segments coupled to the finger lines.... Solarcity Corporation

System and tin plating metal electrodes

Systems and methods for fabricating a photovoltaic structure are provided. During fabrication, a patterned mask is formed on a first surface of a multilayer body of the photovoltaic structure, with openings of the mask corresponding to grid line locations of a first grid. Subsequently, a core layer of the first... Solarcity Corporation

Methods for mounting a junction box on a glass solar module with cutout

A solar module assembly is provided that can include a framed solar panel. The panel may include bifacial solar cells, a front facing glass cover layer, and a back facing glass cover layer. A junction box may be mounted over the back facing glass cover layer. In particular, the back... Solarcity Corporation

Systems, methods and levitating a metallic tray

A system for processing solar cells is disclosed which includes a separation module for separating a processing frame from solar cells that are fed along a conveyance line. The processing frame can be separated without requiring manual lifting of the processing frame by feeding the processing frame and solar cells... Solarcity Corporation

Cell interconnects

Flexible interconnects for attaching overlapping strings that can be part of a photovoltaic module. The interconnects can absorb strain caused by non-uniform heating and other loads encountered by the photovoltaic module.... Solarcity Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187324

Mounting system for photovoltaic modules

A system for mounting one or more photovoltaic (PV) modules to a structure. The system can include a base having quarter turn receptacles. A coupling member can mate to one of the receptacles to compress a mounting foot to the base and prevent it from moving. A handle attached coupling... Solarcity Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187325

Pivot-fit frame, photovoltaic modules

A system and apparatus are disclosed including PV modules having a frame allowing quick and easy assembling of the PV modules into a PV array in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, the PV modules may have a grooved frame where the groove is provided... Solarcity Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187327

Oscillation brake for solar tracking system

A solar-tracking photovoltaic array is described. The photovoltaic array includes mounting hardware configured to rotate photovoltaic modules associated with the photovoltaic array about one or more axes. In some embodiments, the photovoltaic modules can be coupled to a torque tube oriented in a substantially North-South direction. An orientation motor can... Solarcity Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187328

Photovoltaic modules with corner junction boxes and array of the same

Photovoltaic modules are constructed having separate positive and negative junction boxes positioned at the corners of each photovoltaic module. A photovoltaic array assembled from these photovoltaic modules can be aligned such that the positive and negative junction boxes connect in an arrangement that minimizes the amount of wire needed to... Solarcity Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170179320

System and fabricating solar panels using busbarless photovoltaic structures

A photovoltaic structure can include two or more sets of parallel conductive fingers on a top surface and a bottom surface, such that the fingers can collect an electric current from the underlying photovoltaic structure. A scribing system can scribe a groove of a predetermined depth near and perpendicular to... Solarcity Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170179324

High-efficiency low-cost solar panel with protection circuitry

One embodiment of the invention can provide a solar panel. The solar panel can include a plurality of strings of photovoltaic strips sandwiched between a front cover and a back cover. The strings can be arranged into an array that includes multiple blocks, and a respective block can include a... Solarcity Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170179326

System and mass-production of high-efficiency photovoltaic structures

One embodiment of the invention can provide a system for fabricating a photovoltaic structure. During fabrication, the system can form a sacrificial layer on a first side of a Si substrate; load the Si substrate into a chemical vapor deposition tool, with the sacrificial layer in contact with a wafer... Solarcity Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170179331

Systems and methods for cascading photovoltaic structures

A string-forming system is described. The string-forming system may include at least a first cell-lifting mechanism and a second cell-lifting mechanism that can automatically arrange a set of strips of a photovoltaic structure into a cascaded formation. During operation, a controller can cause the first cell-lifting mechanism to lift a... Solarcity Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170179872

Dynamic damping system for solar trackers

A solar-tracking photovoltaic array is described. The photovoltaic array includes mounting hardware configured to rotate photovoltaic modules associated with the photovoltaic array about one or more axes. In some embodiments, the photovoltaic modules can be coupled to a torque tube oriented in a substantially North-South direction. An orientation motor can... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167044

Systems, methods and electroplating photovoltaic cells

A two piece electroplating frame or electroplating frame is disclosed that is suitable for holding multiple solar cells during an electroplating operation. The electroplating frame can be formed from or at least covered with non-conductive material to reduce the collection of plating material on the electroplating frame. The two pieces... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170037

Ambidextrous cassette and methods of using same

Devices and methods for transferring solar cells while maintaining a controlled environment are provided. Such devices include a solar cell carrying cassette adapted to support a stack of solar cells within a solar cell carrying pod that maintains a sealed micro-environment of inert gas and allows for automated transfer of... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170038

Micro-environment container for photovoltaic cells

Devices and methods for transferring solar cells while maintaining a controlled environment are provided. Such devices can include a solar cell carrying pod adapted to support and maintain a stack of solar cells within a sealed micro-environment of inert gas. The solar cell carrying pod can further allow for ready... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170336

Systems and methods for routing wires in a solar module

A solar module that includes multiple series-connected sub-circuits is provided. Each sub-circuit may include multiple solar cell strings coupled in parallel. The sub-circuits may be coupled to a junction box that includes bypass diodes. Each of the sub-circuits may be coupled in parallel with a respective bypass diode in the... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170337

Method of installing a strain relief apparatus to a solar cell

Methods are disclosed for assembling PV modules using connectors that have strain relief elements. Strings can be inspected individually and dimensional information can be obtained to layup the strings into a PV module in a specific manner. Portions of the strings can be soldered using elevators to lift connectors into... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170348

Systems, methods and targeted annealing of pv cells

A targeted-annealing system can automatically cure a conductive paste that may bind cascaded strips of a string together without damaging the strips. The targeted-annealing system can process strings of cascaded strips on a supporting surface, and can anneal conductive paste between overlapping strips by blowing heated air on the overlapping... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170349

Strain relief solar modules

A photovoltaic module can be constructed from one or more strings, with each of the strings being constructed from a plurality of cascaded solar cells. A connector can electrically connect the strings to one another. The connector can include strain relief connectors that extend between the connector and the strings... Solarcity Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170356

Load lock solar cell transfer system and methods

Systems and methods for transferring solar cells while maintaining a controlled micro-environment are provided. In particular, such systems provide automated loading and unloading of solar cells by use of a conveyor and elevator within a tank receptacle sealingly connected with a solar cell carrying pods and a flow tube of... Solarcity Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170162722

Photovoltaic structures with electrodes having variable width and height

A method of fabricating a solar cell is described. The solar cell can include a photovoltaic structure and a metallic grid on the photovoltaic structure. The metallic grid can include one or more electroplated metal layers, a busbar, and a plurality of finger lines connected to the busbar, where one... Solarcity Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170163208

Ratcheting stow mechanism for solar tracking photovoltaic panel mounting system

Photovoltaic tracking systems with a ratcheting stow mechanism are provided. In particular, tracking systems allow for controlled movement of photovoltaic panels adapted for solar tracking to a stowed configuration without requiring electrical power. Such mounting systems can include a partially toothed ring gear with a pair of pawls pivotally mounted... Solarcity Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170155355

Interlock system for mounting and joining photovoltaic modules

Assemblies and couplings for mounting PV modules are provided. An assembly is provided to avoid conflicts between linkages used to adjoin adjacent PV modules and leveling feet used to mount the PV modules to supporting structure. Specifically, an interlock support coupling is provided that may include a shaft with a... Solarcity Corporation

05/25/17 / #20170148943

Low-cost high-efficiency solar module using epitaxial si thin-film absorber and double-sided heterojunction solar cell with integrated module fabrication

One embodiment of the present invention provides a double-sided heterojunction solar cell module. The solar cell includes a frontside glass cover, a backside glass cover situated below the frontside glass cover, and a number of solar cells situated between the frontside glass cover and the backside glass cover. Each solar... Solarcity Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170137200

Photovoltaic module stackable corner protector

The disclosure describes various stackable corner protector configurations. The corner protectors can have curved lateral surfaces that allow the corner protectors to be decoupled from a photovoltaic module to which they are coupled to by rotating one end of the corner protectors away from the object. This removal process works... Solarcity Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170133943

Solar photovoltaic power conditioning units

A power conditioning unit for delivering power from a dc power source to an ac mains power supply output includes a dc power input to receive dc power from a dc power source, an ac power output for delivering ac power to the ac mains power supply, a dc link... Solarcity Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170133977

Photovoltaic array skirt and mounting hardware

A photovoltaic array skirt assembly, where the array skirt has a double-groove structure which can accommodate both a splice and a photovoltaic module mounting device. The splice is mounted within the inner channel of the double-groove structure to connect adjacent array skirt sections, and can be locked into the double... Solarcity Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170117423

System and manufacturing photovoltaic structures with a metal seed layer

One embodiment of the present invention can provide a system for fabrication of a photovoltaic structure. The system can include a physical vapor deposition tool configured to sequentially deposit a transparent conductive oxide layer and a metallic layer on an emitter layer formed in a first surface of a Si... Solarcity Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170110622

Apparatus for electroplating of electrodes on photovoltaic structures

A wafer-holding apparatus for electroplating of a solar cell wafer is provided. The wafer has chamfered corners and comprises a plurality of busbar areas, wherein at least one busbar area is near an edge of the wafer. The wafer-holding apparatus includes a plurality of wafer-holding mechanisms for maintaining contact with... Solarcity Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170104118
03/30/17 / #20170093164

Photovoltaic power conditioning units

We describe a photovoltaic (PV) panel system comprising a PV panel with multiple sub-strings of connected solar cells in combination with a power conditioning unit (microinverter). The power conditioning unit comprises a set of input power converters, one connected to each sub-string, and a common output power conversion stage, to... Solarcity Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170093329

Array powered solar tracking system

A self-powered solar tracker array system and related method, where a torque tube supporting a plurality of strings of photovoltaic (PV) modules, a DC drive motor with a motor controller circuit, and a drive assembly is capable to rotate the torque tube with torque generated by the drive motor, where... Solarcity Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170077320

Anti-corrosion protection of photovoltaic structures

One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic structure. The photovoltaic structure can include a multilayer structure, which can include a base layer, a surface-field layer positioned on a first side of the base layer, and an emitter layer positioned on a second side of the base layer. The photovoltaic structure can... Solarcity Corporation

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03/09/17 / #20170067668

Robotic heliostat calibration system and method

A robotic controller for autonomous calibration and inspection of two or more solar surfaces wherein the robotic controller includes a drive system to position itself near a solar surface such that onboard sensors may be utilized to gather information about the solar surface. An onboard communication unit relays information to... Solarcity Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170070018

Meter socket adaptor

This disclosure pertains to methods and apparatus for interfacing an onsite power generation system with an existing main electric panel. The interfacing is performed by: attaching a fifth jaw connector to a neutral bridge within an existing meter socket; wiring AC supply lines from the onsite power generation system to... Solarcity Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170070051

System, generating layout of devices in solar installations

For an array of installed energy harvesting devices, a method of gathering information about individual devices in the array and generating a layout or map of the installed devices based on the gathered information is provided. A communications gateway or a base station gathers the information and determines the positions... Solarcity Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170058532

Tile and slate roof flashing systems

A flashing system and assembly for slate or tile roofs having a flashing and a flashing cap. The flashing is shaped to replace a plurality of removed slates or tiles. The flashing cap has an adjustable position such that the position of a mounting rail support system passing through the... Solarcity Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170062876

High efficiency high voltage battery pack for onsite power generation systems

A high-voltage battery pack for an onsite power generation system includes battery modules configured to provide a voltage of at least 170V. High-speed switches and a high-speed current detection circuit are serially coupled between the battery modules and the positive and negative output terminals of the battery pack. A control... Solarcity Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170063007

Photovoltaic mounting rail connector with drop-down connection to first photovoltaic module and slide-in connection to second photovoltaic module

A connector for attaching first and second photovoltaic modules to a mounting rail, with a lower body portion that rotates to lock into a mounting rail groove and an upper body portion with a hook that is lowered towards the lower body portion to grasp onto the first photovoltaic module... Solarcity Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170063287

Support system for photovoltaic mounting rail having cylindrical base that rotates into a locked position

A support system for photovoltaic mounting rails having a cylindrical base that rotates into a locked position.... Solarcity Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170053043

Systems and methods for locating structures for rooftop solar panel installation

Embodiments of the present technology may include a computer-implemented method to indicate a solar panel mounting location. The method may include receiving, by a processor, a first data set including three-dimensional data for a top side of a roof of a solar panel installation site. The method may also include... Solarcity Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170054038

Module fabrication of solar cells with low resistivity electrodes

One embodiment of the present invention provides a solar module. The solar module includes a front-side cover, a back-side cover, and a plurality of solar cells situated between the front- and back-side covers. A respective solar cell includes a multi-layer semiconductor structure, a front-side electrode situated above the multi-layer semiconductor... Solarcity Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170054297

Energy generation interconnection

Methods and apparatus for controlling an interconnection device may be provided. Sockets of the interconnection device may be configured to electrically couple to respective energy-generation modules. In some examples, the interconnection device may include a connector, memory, and a processor configured to execute instructions for managing the electrical configuration of... Solarcity Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170054381

Power conditioning unit with voltage converters

A power conditioning unit for delivering power from a power source to a mains utility supply, the power conditioning unit comprising a plurality of input terminals for connecting to the power source, a plurality of output terminals for connecting to the mains utility supply, a voltage increasing converter connected to... Solarcity Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170054406

Self-configuring photo-voltaic panels

Methods and apparatus for controlling an energy-generation device may be provided. Sockets of the device may be configured to electrically couple to respective energy-generation modules. In some examples, the device may include a connector, memory, and a processor configured to execute instructions for managing the electrical configuration of the sockets.... Solarcity Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170047740

Multiple inverter power control systems in an energy generation system

A power control system includes a first inverter power control system and a second inverter power control system coupled in a parallel configuration with the first inverter power control system. Both first and second inverter power control systems may each include an input configured to receive direct current (DC) power;... Solarcity Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170047741

Multiple energy storage devices for inverter power control systems in an energy generation system

An energy generation system includes an inverter power control system and a plurality of energy storage devices coupled to the inverter power control system. The inverter power control system includes an input configured to receive DC power; a DC/AC inverter stage configured to receive the DC power input; an anti-islanding... Solarcity Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170047742

Multi-phase inverter power control systems in an energy generation system

An energy generation system includes a plurality of energy generation devices for generating DC power, a plurality of energy storage devices for storing the generated DC power and discharging stored DC power, a plurality of single-phase inverters coupled to respective energy generation devices and energy storage devices. Each single-phase inverter... Solarcity Corporation

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02/16/17 / #20170047884

Photovoltaic module mounting system

A photovoltaic (PV) module mounting system including a mounting bracket that has a curved mating surface extending as an arch between a pair of flat mounting feet portions. The mounting bracket supports a PV module coupling device. A hanger bolt is provided that has a first threaded portion adapted to... Solarcity Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170033730

Clip-in mounting system for photovoltaic systems

A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system having a base portion with a plurality of rails. The system includes a spring clip unit having a foot configured to hold a PV module coupling device and arranged to slide on one of the plurality of rails. A first spring clip is moveable on... Solarcity Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170033731

Solar photovoltaic module clamping system

A clamping system for securing the corners of four photovoltaic modules to a carport purlin, the clamping system having upper and lower body portions with an adjustable set screw between, the gap dimensioned to receive the purlin therein and the set screw rotatable to secure the purlin to the upper... Solarcity Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170025986

Spring loaded mounting foot for photovoltaic systems

A photovoltaic (PV) module mounting system including a mounting puck, an arm portion, and a PV module coupling device for coupling to the frames of two photovoltaic modules attached to the arm portion. A clamp pin formed in the mounting puck restrains the arm portion against the mounting puck when... Solarcity Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170019056

Clamp and bowl mounting system for photovoltaic modules

A photovoltaic (PV) mounting hardware support system having a base portion. The system includes a hinged clamp having a first clamp portion hingedly connected to a second clamp portion and operable to lock and unlock the first clamp portion and second clamp portion to the base portion. A beam member... Solarcity Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170019057

Wedge spring clip mounting system for photovoltaic modules

A photovoltaic (PV) mounting system having a base portion that is substantially planar and having a first roof-facing side and an opposite module-facing side. The base portion has a lip that circumscribes the perimeter of the base portion and curves inward on the module-facing side. A clamp having a spring... Solarcity Corporation








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