So, word on the street is that by covering waterways – namely canals – with solar panels, the panels themselves would then be water-cooled. This would, in turn, boost the panels’ efficiency. And this kind of news really makes us happy!
Imagine it… 4,000 or more miles of canals smothered (in the best possible way) with solar panels…creating the power of the future.
According to WIRED, California scientists recently ran numbers on what would happen if the state took part in this anticipated experiment, which would also include working on the California Aqueduct. Nature Sustainability states, “…that if applied statewide, the panels would save 63 billion gallons of water from evaporating each year. At the same time, solar panels across California’s exposed canals would provide 13 gigawatts of renewable power annually.
So, that essentially is also the number of approximately half of the targeted capacity that California would need to meet “its decarbonization goals” if they’re on track to do so by 2030.
According to Matt Simon, journalist, the great state of California has one of the largest, if not the largest water conveyance systems on the planet; it serves over 30 million human beings and approximately 6 million acres of land used for farming.
Should the notion of covering waterways with solar panels be the “go to” for all states? Why or why not?