How Floating Solar Panels Can Save Money, Water, And The Environment
By now, most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the benefits offered by clean, green solar power technology. Thanks to advancements in solar panels and other equipment, solar energy is being utilized all over the world to power homes, buildings, businesses, and appliances. Because capturing the sun’s energy with solar panels and converting it into electricity is free and requires zero burning of fossil fuels, solar energy is considered to be a very environmentally-friendly and economically friendly alternative to more traditional energy sources. Now, forward-thinking scientists, engineers, businesspeople, and energy companies around the world have taken solar panels one step further by implementing floating solar panel arrays on lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and other bodies of water. In this PurePoint Energy blog post, we’ll examine how floating solar panels are providing clean, inexpensive electricity and at the same time, helping conserve freshwater supplies in drought-stricken areas.
How Floating Solar Panels are Helping Save Money
On a reservoir outside of London, United Kingdom, the Thames Water company which supplies England with fresh drinking water, has installed a floating solar farm of 23,000 solar panels that span an area as big as 8 soccer fields. Each year, the company spends over $144 million on energy costs alone to supply drinking water to England. These solar panels could potentially cut the Thames Water energy costs drastically by capturing solar power to power its operations.
How Floating Solar Panels Are Helping Save Water
Clean, fresh drinking water is a precious resource. Water shortages in many parts of the world are causing many to think of ways to conserve water supplies. Floating solar panel arrays have proven to be a viable solution that not only produces clean energy, but also saves water. Solar panels floating on pontoons atop lakes and ponds capture sunlight to convert into electricity. By covering the surfaces of lakes and bodies of water from the sun, these panels are keeping the water cool and thereby reducing evaporation and algae growth. In drought-stricken areas like California’s wine country and India, floating solar panels are being utilized to provide power and reduce evaporation of water supplies used for water irrigation and sewage treatment.
How Floating Solar Panels are Helping Meet Energy Needs
Work is currently underway on the world’s largest floating solar array at Yamakura Dam near Tokyo, Japan. Once completed, the plant’s developer says it will produce enough electricity to power almost 5,000 homes and offset over 8,000 tons of Carbon-dioxide emissions each year. Japan has a severeg energy-demand crisis, so resourceful innovations such as floating solar panels are one way Japan can make the most of its resources.
Solar Panels in Connecticut
Since 2007, PurePoint Energy has been installing solar panels on homes, businesses, and farms in Connecticut and southeastern New York state. The professionals at PurePoint Energy are dedicated to helping the people of Connecticut utilize solar power for their daily needs. Visit the PurePoint Energy website to learn more about solar panels for residential, commercial, and agricultural usage.