Action on climate change: Building solar panels on canals

http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/india-builds-solar-plants-atop-canals-to-save-land-water-115011600609_1.html

Sometimes solutions come along that are fiendishly clever in their elegance. This is one such.

One of the big costs of implementing a solar power plant is the cost of land. This is particularly true in a country like india where land acquisition is fraught with politics and endless publicised fights between farmer, politician and entrepreneur.

India also faces  tremendous losses in transporting it’s water through canals because of evaporation. The rate of evaporation goes up as the planet warms and air can hold more vapour.

The elegant solution is this: build the panels atop canals. There is no ownership issue of land. The panels cut down the evaporation loss. Smart thinking!

Hopefully there are no issues with the condensate at the bottom of the panels.

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