California installs solar panels on canals

Californian authorities have embarked on a $20 million pilot project to install solar panels on sections of major water sources. These sources include canals and stretches of rivers, among others, which have been deemed necessary. The project aims to address the persistent droughts that have plagued the state in recent years.

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The panels will be installed on the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) by the end of 2023. They are expected to not only generate green power to help the state meet its net zero goals, but also reduce water loss by evaporation. Solar panels can provide shade to bodies of water such as canals, reducing water loss, especially on a hot day.

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The project is only a pilot phase intended to prove the viability of the concept. If the concept proves successful, California and other states may choose to invest in it. Project officials cited a study 2021 this suggested that shading just 4,000 miles of water could save up to 63 billion gallons of water per year.

California has been hit by a series of severe droughts in recent years. These devastating events have often left the state struggling to manage its scarce resources. In order to find a lasting solution, several concepts have been proposed, including the recycling of wastewater and the desalination of seawater. While all these methods are still under study, the TID project could help the State to save water and also fill green energy gaps.

Last week, California officials announced the state would receive $310 million from the federal government to help deal with historic droughts. The money will go into 25 projects that seek to tackle long-term and short-term droughts. The sum is part of the goodies issued by the bipartisan infrastructure law signed by President Biden last year.

“Water is essential to everything we do, and it will take all of us working together to deal with the significant drought impacts we are seeing in the west,” Home Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. a press release last week.

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