20 Apr '11, 7pm

Could the California Aqueduct Turn Into a Solar Farm?

In Wednesday’s Times, I wrote about start-up companies developing solar panel arrays that float on water . The companies see a potentially large market to generate electricity from building floating arrays for irrigation and mining ponds, hydroelectric reservoirs and canals. But the great white whale for some of these solar developers is deploying floating photovoltaic arrays on the California Aqueduct, the 400-mile long canal that irrigates much of the state’s agricultural heartland and delivers water to Southern California. “It’s a dream for us,” said Phil Alwitt, project development manager for SPG Solar, a Novato, Calif., company that has built floating solar arrays for winery irrigation ponds. The idea is to reduce evaporation while producing electricity to offset the power consumed by the massive pumps that move water through the aqueduct. Solaris Synergy, an Israeli...

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