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Solar Canals in CA Could Save 63 Billion Gallons of Water a Year – Freethink

Researchers looked into what it would take to cover California’s canals with solar panels and found that the benefits of solar canals outweigh the costs.



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Solar canals: What if, instead of letting the sun dry up canals in drought-prone California, we covered them with solar panels? 
It may sound weird but solar panels and canals seem to make a brilliant combination. Instead of allowing the sun to evaporate the water in canals, solar panels can shade the precious liquid, while also capturing the sun’s energy.
“Droughts are part of our history and part of our future,” Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at the UC Berkeley School…

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