US Pat. No. 9,584,062

APPARATUS FOR MOUNTING PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. An apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules, comprising:
a bracket, wherein the bracket defines a slot in a lower portion of the bracket and wherein the slot extends along a longitudinal
length of the bracket;

a clamp securable to the bracket on an upper portion of the bracket;
wherein a first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module are mountable on a first side of the bracket and a first
side of the clamp, wherein the first photovoltaic module is adjacent to the second photovoltaic module, and wherein only a
respective end portion of the first photovoltaic module and the second photovoltaic module is mountable in the first side
of the bracket and the first side of the clamp; and

a footer, wherein the footer is variably positionable on the bracket along the slot.

US Pat. No. 9,998,065

TRIM ASSEMBLY

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A trim assembly, comprising:a trim, wherein the trim has a curved form; and
a trim mounting bracket, wherein the trim is mountable on the trim mounting bracket;
and in combination with an apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules, the apparatus for mounting photovoltaic modules comprising:
a bracket, wherein the bracket defines a slot in a lower portion of the bracket and wherein the slot extends along a longitudinal length of the bracket;
a clamp securable to the bracket on an upper portion of the bracket;
wherein a first photovoltaic module and a second photovoltaic module are mountable on a first side of the bracket and a first side of the clamp, wherein the first photovoltaic module is adjacent to the second photovoltaic module, and wherein only a respective end portion of the first photovoltaic module and the second photovoltaic module is mountable in the first side of the bracket and the first side of the clamp; and
a footer, wherein the footer is variably positionable on the bracket along the slot;
wherein the trim mounting bracket is mountable on the bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,837,955

ASSEMBLY FOR MOUNTING A TRIM PIECE TO A PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL USING STANDARDIZED CLAMPS

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A monolithic trim for covering an opening between a distal edge of a photovoltaic module and a roof, the monolithic trim
comprising:
a front face, having a curved vertical profile, a vertical height, and a horizontal longitudinal length, defining a longitudinal
axis;

a horizontal attachment flange, having a width, that is integral with the front face; and
a stop element for photovoltaic module alignment, vertically protruding above the front face at an intersection between the
attachment flange and the front face, that extends in a direction of the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,601,360

REPLACEMENT TILE MOUNT FOR MOUNTING SOLAR PANELS ON TILE ROOFS

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

17. A replacement tile sub-assembly, for mounting solar panels to a roof, comprising:a tile mount structure for holding a lateral attachment bar, including a one-piece, monolithic “L”-shaped structure having a horizontal base defining a pair of vertically-oriented through-holes;
an integral, monolithic riser defining a vertically-oriented mounting hole in a top platform of the riser, the monolithic riser including:
four vertical legs supporting the top platform, each vertical leg of the four vertical legs being tapered from the closed top platform to the horizontal base;
a flashing disposed in-between the tile mount structure and a roof;
a pair of lag screws for attaching the tile mount structure to the roof;
a pair of rubber or EDPM soft washers disposed in-between a head of the lag screws and the horizontal base of the tile mount structure;
a replacement tile disposed on top of the tile mount structure; and
an L-foot, mounted to the tile mount structure with at least one self-tapping screw or machine bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,340,838

HYBRID SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY WITH A TILTED LEDGE

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A trim-rail for use in a solar panel mounting assembly, comprising:a first vertical wall;
a horizontal wall intersecting with the first vertical wall;
a second vertical wall intersecting with the horizontal wall and extending downwardly from the horizontal wall, the second vertical wall having a free end that terminates a distance apart from the horizontal wall, and the second vertical wall being spaced apart from the first vertical wall such that a gap exists therebetween, the gap sized to receive a portion of a footer;
a proximal support portion extending horizontally from the free end of the second vertical wall in a direction away from the gap; and
a tilted spring support ledge integrally joined to, and cantilevered from, the proximal support portion,
wherein a photovoltaic module is elastically supportable on the tilted spring support ledge when the photovoltaic module is installed on the tilted spring support ledge.

US Pat. No. 10,574,177

MONOLITHIC BRACKET FOR FLAT ROOF MOUNTED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. An integral, monolithic mounting bracket for supporting a corner of a photovoltaic (PV) module, the bracket comprising:a ballast tray for holding one or more ballast blocks defining a plurality of empty spaces;
a plurality of monolithic support legs, having shapes substantially corresponding to the plurality of empty spaces, that are disposed at an acute angle from a horizontal plane of the ballast tray and that are integral with the ballast tray, wherein the legs lean inwards towards a center of the bracket; and
a plurality of metallic clamp assemblies to clamp the photovoltaic module in place on the support legs, each clamp assembly attached to a support leg with a bolt and a clamp;
wherein each clamp comprises a plurality of rigid, sharp metallic points for piercing a non-conductive anodized aluminum coating of a photovoltaic module frame and creating an electrical bonding path.

US Pat. No. 10,594,250

HYBRID SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A hybrid solar module mounting assembly for mounting a plurality of solar modules in a solar array, the assembly comprising:a trim-rail of a rail-based mounting system, the trim-rail including a continuous structural rail that extends across at least two spaced-apart attachments on a roof; and
a bracket of a rail-less mounting system,
wherein:
the trim-rail and the bracket are interchangeable,
the trim-rail:
is disposed at an outer-most edge of the solar array,
extends an entire length or width of at least one solar module of the plurality of solar modules, and
includes a lower ledge and an upper ledge on only one side of the trim-rail, the lower ledge and the upper ledge mounting the at least one solar module on only the one side of the trim-rail, and
the bracket extends a portion of a length or width of at least a first solar module or a discrete portion of a length or width of at least a second solar module of the plurality of solar modules of the solar array.

US Pat. No. 10,461,682

HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A solar panel mounting assembly, comprising:a mounting bracket including an upper bracket and a lower bracket, the lower bracket including a first slot and a second slot;
a stanchion including a first vertical arm opposite a second vertical arm, the first vertical arm and the second vertical arm each including teeth protruding from respective inside surfaces thereof, respective outside surfaces thereof being smooth and planar, and the teeth of the first vertical arm facing the teeth of the second vertical arm to define an open central region between the first vertical arm and the second vertical arm; and
a helical drive element disposed inside of the open central region between the first vertical arm and the second vertical arm,
wherein:
the upper and lower brackets are coupled to the helical drive element wherein the mounting bracket is vertically adjustable by rotating the freestanding helical drive element,
the first vertical arm is received by the first slot such that the first vertical arm passes through the first slot when the mounting bracket is vertically adjusted, and
the second vertical arm is received by the second slot such that the second vertical arm passes through the second slot when the mounting bracket is vertically adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,989,247

CORRUGATED WASHER FOR USE WITH A CORRUGATED L-FOOT MOUNTING BRACKET FOR MOUNTING SOLAR PANELS TO A ROOF

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A corrugated washer, comprising:a plate with an aperture, the plate having a first corrugated surface, wherein first corrugations of the first corrugated surface extend parallel to each other and are shaped to engage with second corrugations of a second corrugated surface of an L-foot bracket; and
a pair of prongs that protrude outwards from the plate on a face that is opposite the first corrugated surface,
wherein the pair of prongs include a first prong and a second prong, and
wherein the first prong is located at approximately a vertical center of the corrugated washer and the second prong is located below the first prong in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,284,136

NARROW FLASHING FOR WATERPROOF MOUNTING OF SOLAR PANELS TO A ROOF

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

11. A flat flashing for use in mounting solar panels to a roof, the flashing comprising:a flat sheet of metal or plastic with an aperture disposed in a lower portion of the flashing;
a first pair of rounded upper corners disposed at an upper end of the flashing;
a second pair of rounded lower corners disposed in the lower portion of the flashing;
a horizontal bar printed on the flashing, disposed above the aperture and aligned along an east-west direction; and
a “cross” printed on the flashing, disposed above the horizontal bar and aligned along an east-west/north-south direction.

US Pat. No. 10,673,374

SOLAR PANEL MODULE MOUNTING BRACKET

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A mounting bracket for mounting a solar panel module, the mounting bracket comprising:a first portion including an opening that extends therethrough; and
a second portion continuous with the first portion, the second portion including:
a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a thickness of the second portion defined from the first surface to the second surface,
a hole extending through the thickness of the second portion,
a first counterbore of a first depth formed around the hole in the first surface of the second portion, and
a second counterbore of a second depth formed around the hole in the second surface of the second portion,
wherein the first depth and the second depth combined are less than the thickness of the second portion, and
wherein the first portion and the second portion are oriented continuously in an L-shape, such that the second portion is shorter in length than the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,451,315

UNIVERSAL END CLAMP FOR MOUNTING SOLAR PANELS ON STRUCTURAL RAILS

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A universal end clamp assembly for clamping a solar panel to a rail, the universal end clamp assembly comprising:a clamp body;
a front T-slide with a longitudinal through-hole disposed through a lower portion of the front T-slide, and a first transverse through-hole disposed through an upper portion of the front T-slide;
a rear T-slide with a longitudinal threaded-hole disposed through a lower portion of the rear T-slide, and a second transverse through-hole disposed through an upper portion of the rear T-slide; and
a threaded bolt passing through the longitudinal through-hole of the front T-slide and threaded into the longitudinal threaded-hole of the rear T-slide,
wherein the threaded bolt is oriented substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the rail for applying a torque to the clamp body for generating a compressive clamping force between the clamp body and a lower flange of a solar panel module frame, whereby the lower flange of the solar panel module frame is clamped to the rail.

US Pat. No. 10,816,240

MULTI-LEVEL MOUNTING SYSTEM

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

1. A tiered mounting system, comprising:a base plate including a mounting guide rail including:
a first rail wall disposed parallel to a second rail wall,
an inner track extending between the first rail wall and the second rail wall, and
a plurality of mounting grooves including a first set of grooves spaced apart on an outer side of the first rail wall and a second set of grooves spaced apart on an outer side of the second rail wall; and
an object mount connector having a plurality of mounting ridges, the object mount connector being configured to:
slidingly engage the mounting guide rail via insertion of one or more of the plurality of mounting ridges within a corresponding one or more of the plurality of mounting grooves, and
lock in place along the mounting guide rail via a fastener placed through the object mount connector and secured tightly to the inner track of the mounting guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,224,865

MONOLITHIC BRACKET FOR FLAT ROOF MOUNTED PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

Unirac Inc., Albuquerque...

3. An integral, monolithic mounting bracket for supporting a corner of a photovoltaic module, the bracket comprising:a ballast tray for holding one or more ballast blocks defining a plurality of empty spaces; and
a plurality of monolithic support legs, having shapes substantially corresponding to the plurality of empty spaces, that are disposed at an acute angle from a horizontal plane of the ballast tray and that are integral with the ballast tray, wherein the legs lean inwards towards a center of the bracket; and
a plurality of metallic clamp assemblies to clamp the photovoltaic module in place on the support legs, each clamp assembly attached to the support leg with a bolt and a clamp;
wherein the acute angle ranges from 75-89 degrees;
wherein the bracket is symmetric across a plane of symmetry that: (a) is oriented perpendicular to the plane of the ballast tray, and (b) is located in a middle of the ballast tray;
wherein two or more brackets are stackable in a nested group;
wherein the bracket is made of sheet metal; and
wherein each clamp comprises a plurality of rigid sharp metallic points for piercing a non-conductive anodized aluminum coating of a photovoltaic module frame and creating an electrical bonding path.