Solar AquaGrid CEO Jordan Harris wants to help with renewable energy and water needs of California as the state is currently in a drought.
Their plan this fall is to build solar panel canopies over existing canals such as the small stretch of canals in the Turlock Irrigation District in Modesto. A study from UC Merced showed that we could save 63 billion gallons of water every year if we shaded about 4,000 miles of California canals with solar panels to help reduce evaporation and create 1/6th of the state's current power capacity.
This pilot project is supposed to be completed by 2024 and if it ends up being successful, the program could be used in spaces like the Los Angeles River. Click here for more.