North Unit plans floating solar panels for its main canal | Environment – The Bulletin

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The installation of floating solar panels in an irrigation canal sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but the North Unit Irrigation District, which delivers water from the Deschutes River to Jefferson County farmers, is hoping to make it a reality.

Last week the Biden administration announced it was issuing the district $2.55 million to kick-start North Unit’s floating photovoltaic solar panel project. Millions more are needed to build a network of panels and generate significant amounts of power, but the district said this funding lays the seeds for future development.

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