Energy and water co-benefits from covering canals with solar panels

  title={Energy and water co-benefits from covering canals with solar panels},
  author={Brandi McKuin and Andrew Lee Zumkehr and Jenny Ta and Roger C. Bales and Joshua H. Viers and Tapan Pathak and J. Elliott Campbell},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
  pages={609 - 617}
Solar power development over canals is an emerging response to the energy–water–food nexus that can result in multiple benefits for water and energy infrastructure. Case studies of over-canal solar photovoltaic arrays have demonstrated enhanced photovoltaic performance due to the cooler microclimate next to the canal. In addition, shade from the photovoltaic panels has been shown to mitigate evaporation and potentially mitigate aquatic weed growth. However, the evaporation savings and financial… 

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