Floating solar panels to power California water treatment plant

Infratech's floating solar array at a water treatment plant in Jamestown, South Australia

Infratech’s floating solar array at a water treatment plant in Jamestown, South Australia

Solar power is continuing its explosive growth. In the first half of this year, the solar industry has supplied 40% of all new 2015 electric generating capacity. The U.S. solar industry is expected to reach nearly 8,000 MW for the year, and 28,000 MW in total.

The ways solar is being utilized is also expanding. Earlier this year, we wrote about solar successfully being used as floating arrays generating power across one of India’s state’s 85,000 km long canal system. Now a city in Southern California’s Imperial Valley plans to float a solar array across the top of a new water treatment plant that will be used for the town’s drinking water supply and irrigation.

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The most endangered river in America

Lake Powell's Reflection Canyon, with bathtub rings showing high water marks of the past, photo courtesy of National Geographic

Lake Powell’s Reflection Canyon, with bathtub rings showing high water marks of the past, photo courtesy of National Geographic

The Colorado River, which meanders 1,450 miles of mountains, canyons, plains and low deserts, is the source of water for seven states: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California. But, as this National Geographic video shows, it’s the most endangered river in the United States.

Those who unthinkingly count on this once majestic river for farming, drinking water, water for landscaping and for hydro-electric power can no longer take its bounty for granted. Our over-demands are sucking it dry at a horrifying rate. The time for talking about the problem is past. It’s time for swift, decisive action to help keep this river flowing. This important environmental treasure is a precious resource that we can’t afford to lose.